By Matthew Rose

Real Madrid bad-boy Pepe is rumoured to be considering a move to Chelsea in the summer, according to The Daily Mirror.

The 33-year-old defender has turned down a one-year contract offer from the Spanish giants in hope of warranting an extended stay in the capital.

However, it is thought Madrid aren’t willing to commit to a longer-term deal, with French starlet Raphael Varane seen as the ideal replacement for the controversial centre-half.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is desperate to strengthen a defensive line that has looked shaky at the beginning of the season.

The former Porto man, famed for his theatrics off the ball, is the complete opposite when in possession and is the exact type of ‘no-nonsense’ defender the Italian boss is looking for.

That is a stark contrast to recent defensive signing David Luiz, with many Blues fans believing the Brazilian would be far more comfortable playing in a 3-4-3 formation similar to that of Conte’s Italy and Juventus sides.

Pepe, who won Euro 2016 this summer with Portugal, wants one last mega deal to end his footballing career and it may well be that the deal lies with the London club come 2017.


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