Real Madrid Star Set to Leave for Unexpected Club

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid defender Pepe is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and have opened up talks with Galatasaray for a potential move. The Turkish Super League side is set to offer a two-year deal for the Portuguese international, who is still regarded as one of the best center-backs in the world.

There have been many rumors of where Pepe will be playing next season, as the 34-year-old’s contract with Madrid is due to expire in June and the possibilities of it being renewed seem very slim. He was linked with a move to China in the past few months, but the speculations have died down recently.

It is now reported that Galatasaray have contacted both Pepe and the club over the deal to bring him to Istanbul. They are hoping to lure the defender, who will be a massive upgrade over their current line of center-backs, with four million euros a season worth of wages.

Pepe first arrived to Madrid from Porto for a fee of €30 million in 2007. He has since played 333 games and contributed to two La Liga, two Champions League and two Copa del Rey titles. The 34-year-old also has 79 appearances with his country, Portugal, and was one of the key players in their Euro 2016 victory last summer.