Jose Mourinho willing to allow Bernabeu man to seek Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford moves?
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Manchester United are set to fight Chelsea over the signature of Real Madrid defender Pepe.
The Portuguese stopper is out of contract in 18 months and is demanding a huge increase to his salary to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu. Manager Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of the player but has no say on transfer fees or wages with general manager Jorge Valdano in charge of such matters. Pepe is believed to be the lowest paid first team regular at Real and is demanding parity with some of the more senior members of the squad.
The impasse in negotiations has been monitored by Chelsea in a curious repeat of the Claude Makalele saga in which the Spanish club refused to give the unglamorous player a wage commensurate with his importance at the club leaving Chelsea to secure arguably the most important transfer of the Roman Abramovich era. This time though Manchester United are also paying attention with Sir Alex Ferguson concerned about Rio Ferdinand’s ongoing fitness problems.
There is little chance that Real Madrid would keep the 27-year-old past next summer should the player still have not signed an extension leaving Chelsea and United to battle it out. Chelsea’s defensive problems have been in the spotlight lately and Carlo Ancelotti will be taking steps to remedy them in the next two transfer windows with Pepe top of his list along with Philippe Mexes of Roma. (Sportingo)
Jose Mourinho looks like he will allow Portuguese defender Pepe to leave as he will not want to give in to his wage demands and in many ways the Real Madrid boss may feel he can bring in someone who is just as good if not better than the 27 year old. In fact the Bernabeu boss may be keen to freshen up his centre back pairing given that Ricardo Carvalho is no spring chicken.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United are apparently keen on Pepe but I somehow don’t see either side actually opting to sign a player who can be a) very temperamental and b) does frequently find himself out of position and is c) not as good as some would have you believe.
Oh yes, he could also be insane. See below his kicking out at an opponent from a while back.
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