Bernanbeu star tries to generate interest in his services by claiming a move to Eastlands is on the cards, but is it?
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Manchester City have been linked with a move for Real Madrid contract rebel Pepe.
The Portugal defender risked a complete breakdown in talks on a new deal at the Bernabeu by reportedly asking for more than triple his current £30,000-a-week wages.
Madrid insiders feared the outlandish demands meant Pepe had already received a monster offer from England, with Chelsea regularly linked and Manchester United also being suggested as a possible destination by the Spanish press.
However, Madrid newspaper AS claims City are the ones making moves behind the scenes, with an offer of £80,000 a week on the table if a deal can be struck in the summer.
His contract ends in 2012 and whether the ‘interest’ is a device to push his current employers even harder remains to be seen.
Pepe publicly speaks of a desire to stay with Jose Mourinho’s team and it seems, with his agent Jorge Mendes, an agreement is a lot closer than just a month ago.
While the first weekly demand of £95,000 after tax was dismissed, the 27-year-old is willing to accept £65,000, while Madrid’s latest offer is about £58,000 – according to AS.
However, City’s offer would make him think twice and a deal around the £7million mark might be possible for a player with just 12 months left on his contract at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)
This story could well have been engineered by Pepe’s agent as it seems a move for more defensive options at Man City is not really all that urgent. Thus far this season Roberto Mancini’s side have in the main been a tight unit at the back and have only conceded 16 goals in 20 matches, which is the best record in the top tier.
Pepe is hoping to convince Real Madrid that they need him more than he needs them, which is a dangerous game to play when you taking on the might of one of the biggest three clubs in world and it’s a tactic that may well back fire as President Florentino Perez and boss Jose Mourinho are not the kinds of people who give in to ultimatums.
Clearly Man City appear keen on bringing in new striking options, with the likes of Edin Dzeko supposedly on his way to Eastlands, a move for a defender seems less likely.
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