Pepe is not going to continue next year with Real Madrid and Los Blancos are already searching full backs to replace him. It looks like the Portuguese defender is going to sign with Inter Milan next year, after rejecting Real Madrid’s offer. These are the four candidates to replace Pepe in the defense.
Jerome Boateng: The lack of minutes due to constant injuries has caused Boateng to lose a lot of importance at Bayern Munich. The signing of the German full back would be great news for Real Madrid as he has a lot of experience playing in a high level being one of the best full backs of our continent in the last seasons.
Nicolás Otamendi: Real Madrid have already tried to sign him a few years ago but he decided to go to Manchester City. The former Valencia player seems to have managed to gain Pepe Guardiola’s confidence this year, and after an irregular performance with Manuel Pelligrini, the Argentine full back is enjoying of a lot of minutes this season. Otamendi would be the ideal complement for Sergio Ramos because of his aerial game that is exquisite and his defensive forcefulness would make him a guardian in the defense.
Mauricio Lemos: The The Uruguayan full back is playing in a high level with UD Las Palmas this season, even though Quique Setién did not count with him at the beginning of the year. With the pass of the games his performance has improved a lot and he has return to the level that he showed last season where Real Madrid and Barcelona fought for his services.
Jesús Vallejo: This will be the most economic transfer for Real Madrid but also the most risky, because he does not have any experience in an important club. The Spanish full back is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt and although the first intention of Florentino Pérez is to maintain him at the Bundesliga, but with Pepe’s departure, he could return to Real Madrid as the third full back of the team behind Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.