Manchester United’s search for a defender is still ongoing and with Real Madrid unwilling to play ball in their pursuit of Sergio Ramos, the Old Trafford club have turned their eyes to his team mate.
According to reports emanating from the Metro, United have given up hopes of signing new Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and are now interested in acquiring the services of his Portuguese team mate. Pepe has seen his place in the first team come under question as he has fallen in the pecking order due to the emergence of young France international, Rafael Varane. Club captain Sergio Ramos has his position on lockdown with the only available spot up for grabs being who partners him in defence. With Pepe often often overlooked for the promising Varane, he has been relegated to a bench role.
Manchester United’s struggles defensively have been well documented and with the club having to rely on their current club player of the year and Spanish goal keeper, David de Gea to bail them out on several occasions with worldclass saves, the need for reinforcements in defence cannot be overemphasised. It is on this premise that the club tried to sign the aforementioned Spanish center back but with his club unwilling to deal, they now look set to capture his team mate who is on the fringes. A move to the English Premier League would suit Pepe as his combative style of play will come to the fore in the more physically challenging English League.
The 32-year old 6ft 2in defender who signed for Madrid in July 2007 at a cost of €30 million would provide a massive boost to a United backline that is in need of a leader. If this deal is completed, United would be adding a quality central defender with loads of experience at the top level.