Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring Pepe to Manchester City this summer.
The Portuguese defender lost his starting XI place to the youngster Raphael Varane last season and City have been linked with a move for 30-year-old.
Reportedly Pellegrini is ready to bid up to £22million for the defender, which considering Pepe’s age and first team status is surely an offer that can’t be refused.
New Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has no qualms about offloading Pepe, who at times has cost Madrid dearly due to his poor temperament.
Despite the best defensive record in the Premier League next season, Manchester City’s partnership that served them so well in their title winning campaign.
Both Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott struggled to maintain both form and avoid regularly avoid injury, meaning the youngster Matija Nastasic was forced to play more frequently that City had imagined.
Although the form of the Serbian international was impressive, Pellegrini wants to bring in an experienced defender.
Whilst Pepe may be arriving through the Etihad doors, two defenders could be on the way out of the club.
Micah Richards has rejected the clubs offer of a new contract and reportedly both Bayern Munich and Inter are chasing the English defender’s signature.
Aleksandar Kolarov is desperate to follow Carlos Tevez to Juventus.
The Serbian international is one of Juve’s main targets and would fit perfectly into their 3-5-2 formation in the left-wing back position.
Kolarov has struggled to edge Gael Clichy out of the Manchester City side since his arrival in 2010.
Three other defenders linked with the City exit doors look set to remain with the club.
Kompany, Lescott and Maicon have all attracted interest from clubs looking to complete early deals.
The likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid were chasing Kompany, however the club captain shows no sign of leaving the club.
There were reports suggesting Kompany and previous manager Roberto Mancini had fallen out, however since the Italian’s departure, there have only been positive news about Kompany from a City perspective.
Lescott frequently lost his place in the team last year and a move back to Everton was likely. The England international has since committed his future to the club.
Maicon who struggled in his first year with the English club, is another who isn’t looking to leave after reiterating his desire to stay.