Manchester United failed to reinforce their central defence in the summer, with moves to bring in one or two top notch centre-halves hitting the snag.
Boss Louis van Gaal ardently chased Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, with the Spaniard heavily tipped to make the switch to Old Trafford following an alleged row with club owner Florentino Perez. However, Ramos opted to remain with Los Blancos and pen a fresh five year deal. The Mancunian Reds also eyed Nicolas Otamendi but the Argentinian defender decided to complete a move to United’s noisy neighbours Manchester City instead.
Meanwhile, van Gaal is still scouring Europe for a centre-back and as per the Metro [citing reports from the Spanish media], the Red Devils are ready to spend as much as £22.7m to lure Real Madrid defender Pepe to Old Trafford.
Pepe, 32, has been a key figure in Los Blancos’ team over the years and has all the qualities and experience to succeed in the Premier League with Man United.
The Portugal international could be tempted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu with game time very scarce this season. Pepe has started just three games for Real this term, with Rafael Benitez preferring the partnership of Ramos and Raphael Varane in central defence.
Manchester United could do with the quality of Pepe and must act swiftly to seal the transfer, with a number of European heavyweights also monitoring the situation of the no-nonsense defender at the Spanish capital.