English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United are looking to sign Real Madrid center-back Pepe . The defender is yet to sign a contract extension with the Los Blancos and the Red Devils are eagerly monitoring the situation.
Chelsea and Seria A club Juventus are also interested to sign the Portugal international and will compete with United, should the player be made available. Pepe is playing out the final year of his Real Madrid contract and will become a free-agent next summer, as reported by Calciomercato.
Real Madrid recently extended the contract of Gareth Bale and has been doing the same for the majority of the players within its squad. However, Pepe is yet to be offered a new deal and this has raised several transfer rumors and speculations linking the player away from Madrid.
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Pepe has had an amazing 2015-16, which resulted him lifting the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and winning the UEFA Euro 2016 with Portugal. He has been brilliant so far for the Madrid giants in this season as well.
Although it is believed that Real Madrid will offer Pepe with a contract extension soon, the only thing standing in the way is Raphael Varane. The France international is much younger that the Portuguese and is already a brilliant center-back. He is the future for the Los Blancos and is equally capable of starting beside Sergio Ramos in the first-team.
Pepe has had his share of injuries recently and it is evident that age is catching up with the player. However, when he is fit, he could be easily tagged as one of the best central defenders in world football at the moment. He has an occasional error here and there, but overall the player has been superb for Real Madrid for many years until now, according to Bleacher Report.
United manager Jose Mourinho has had experience of working with Pepe during his stint as the Real Madrid boss. The Red Devils are in need of an experienced center-back and Pepe could be the player to solve the problem.
However, it is still not clear whether Real will let the player leave.
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