Jose Mourinho wants to bring Real Madrid defender Pepe to Manchester United, according to The Sun.
The Portugal international wants a two-year deal to extend his contract in Spain, but Real are reportedly reluctant to budge from their one-year offer.
The 33-year-old is also a target for Juventus, but Mourinho has the advantage of having managed Pepe before and he may be keen on testing himself in England before his career is over.
Eric Bailly is Manchester United’s star young defender, but at 11 years younger than Pepe, he could learn from the elder statesman.
Chris Smalling has made defensive blunders this term and Daley Blind has been rotated between central defence and left back.
United and City have been linked with moves for Roma’s star centre-back Antonio Rudiger, with the Germany international impressing at the Olympic Stadium, but just continuing his recovery from injury.
Pepe won the Champions League and the European Championship title for club and country in the summer – but is well known for his play-acting during big fixtures, which has earned him an unsavoury reputation.