Carlo Ancelotti to bring Bernabeu contract rebel to Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea will make a summer swoop for Real Madrid defender Pepe, reports from Spain today suggest.
The Portuguese international is out of contract in the summer of 2012, and is not yet close to agreeing an extension at the Santiago Bernabeu despite protracted negotiations.
AS comments that the Blues are aware of the 27-year-old’s current situation, and if Pepe has not renewed before the end of the season, the English Premier League club will test Los Blancos’ resolve by making an offer.
Chelsea yesterday secured the transfer of David Luiz from Benfica for a fee in the region of €25 million, and want to gain the services of Pepe in order to further strengthen their defensive options for the 2011-12 campaign.
Recent speculation linked Spanish champions Barcelona was a daring raid of their nearest rivals for the Brazil-born stopper, who moved to the capital giants for a fee of €30m from Porto in 2007.
27 year old Portuguese international Pepe has been in contract talks with Real Madrid for some time and it appears that they are going nowhere and the former Porto man has long since been linked with a move to the Premier League and a move to Chelsea appears to be on the cards according to this source.
Even though Carlo Ancelotti brought in David Luiz from Benfica yesterday there is still a case for bringing in further reinforcements not least because there appear to be some injury concerns about John Terry and Brazilian Alex, who have both spent spells out of the team this season.
Jose Mourinho looks likely to bring in new defensive options in the summer and the La Liga giants are unwilling to give in to Pepe’s wage demands.