Real Madrid defender Pepe appears to be strongly considering leaving Los Blancos to join the Chinese Super League’s Hebei China Fortune at the end of the season.
Pepe, 33, is reportedly demanding a two-year contract extension with Madrid, but the Spanish giants have been reluctant to agree to his demands, seemingly because of his advancing age.
The Zinedine Zidane-coached outfit would prefer to offer the Portugal star a one-year deal with an option to renew for a further year based on performances. However, the Maceió-born star is said to want a guaranteed two-year-deal.
After 10 years with Real Madrid, Pepe has established himself as the best foreign center back in Real Madrid's history. [marca] pic.twitter.com/lLVOjzC3TD
— SB (@Realmadridplace) December 27, 2016
As such, Marca report that he is considering a huge financial offer from the Samba Kings, said to be in the region of 10 million euros per season. Pepe currently earns 4.5m euros per season with Madrid, so he would more than double his wages with a move to China.
The Manuel Pellegrini-coached outfit are highly ambitious and already have Ivory Coast's Gervinho and former Sevilla winger Gael Kakuta in their ranks. A ray of hope for the UEFA Champions League champions is that a move to China could jeopardise Pepe's hopes of participating in the 2018 World Cup.
Nonetheless, the astronomical offer on the table could still persuade the player to end his 10-year association with Real. Pepe has made close to 330 appearances for the club since signing from Porto in 2007.