Arsenal Ready to Make £12m Real Madrid Raid to Resolve Defensive Frailties

Arsene Wenger keen on bringing in Portuguese international to beef up his Emirates Stadium back line.

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Arsenal are considering a move to sign Real Madrid contract rebel Pepe. Arsene Wenger has become increasingly frustrated with the defender he has available to him and having failed to land a centre back in January the Gunners manager will look to bring the Portuguese international to the Emirates in the summer.

The 27 year old former Porto man is yet to agree a new deal with the Bernabeu club and is expected to leave the La Liga giants when the season comes to an end. A number of clubs are said to be interested in the 27 year old but Wenger is looking to enter the race for his signature after seeing his hopes of landing previous targets fall by the wayside.

Moves to sign Borussia Dortmund youngster Neven Subotic look unlikely to come to fruition as he looks likely to want to stay at the runaway Bundesliga table toppers. Bolton appear to want more money than Arsenal are willing to pay for England international Gary Cahill. Wenger will therefore consider turning to Pepe who may well demand a large salary but such an outlay will be countered by the fact that his Spanish employers are likely to accept a relatively small fee for a player who will have just one year left on his deal when the season is over.

Concerns about Pepe’s questionable temperament are in some ways rendered minimal when considering his solid displays and his strong grounding of experience garnered by three good seasons with Porto and four and a half years at Real Madrid. Arsene Wenger is also looking for a strong battling presence at the back, something he arguably doesn’t have at present and Pepe may just fit the bill.

Jose Mourinho is thought to be ready to listen to offers for the Brazilian born Portuguese international and the valuation on his head is reportedly around £12m.

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