Real Madrid defender Pepe is reportedly willing to consider a move to Chelsea as talks with the La Liga giants over a new contract continue to anger him.
Despite the fact that he turns 34 next year, the Portuguese international is still considered one of the best defenders in Europe as he continues to play a pivotal role for both club and country.
While he remains an important figure in Madrid, he was also crucial for Portugal at Euro 2016 as they went on to win the tournament in France this past summer.
However, according to The Mirror, while he’s holding out for a new two-year deal with Real, the Spanish outfit are only willing to offer a one-year extension.
Pepe’s current deal expires at the end of the season and as he edges closer to becoming a free agent, he will be able to speak to other clubs from January 1 onwards about a possible switch elsewhere.
Given his age, he’ll likely be hopeful of landing one last major contract before retirement, and if Real aren’t willing to meet his demands, then perhaps Chelsea will have a window of opportunity to swoop and acquire him.
Antonio Conte is still desperate to bolster his defence, according to the report, and he is planning further reinforcements next year, whether it be in January or the summer.
The Italian tactician signed both David Luiz and Marcos Alonso prior to the deadline this past summer, but with one of the worst defensive records out of the top 10 teams in the Premier League currently, the Chelsea backline had remained leaky prior to them recording back-to-back clean sheets in their last two games.
Whether or not he opts to bring in Pepe remains to be seen, but with the Portuguese defender possibly available on a free transfer next summer, he’ll most likely be attracting interest from various clubs in the coming months unless a new contract is agreed.