Manchester City face a showdown with Real Madrid over defender Pepe, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims new Citizens chief Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring the Portuguese centre back to the Etihad Stadium, but has seen an initial £16million bid rejected by Los Blancos.
Indeed, the Spanish giants want more for the former Porto star, and have told Manchester City they must pay in the region of £24million to bring the player to the Premier League.
The report goes on to claim Pellegrini is unwilling to pay such a high price for a player who is now 30-years-old, meaning the deal is now in danger of not happening at all.
Pepe started his career at Maritimo before moving to the Estadio do Dragao in 2004. Under Jose Mourinho, he enjoyed great success at Porto, and again worked with ‘the special one’ during their time together at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester City now want to give the 51-cap international a chance to test himself in the Premier League, but valuation could well prove to be an obstacle that can’t be overcome.