By Marios Papaloizou
Real Madrid’s central defender Pepe is still being hunted by Manchester City in a bid to bolster their back-line.
City have been heavily linked with the Portuguese star since Matija Nastasic sustained an injury during pre-season that will keep him out for up to six weeks.
Reports from Spanish newspaper Marca now suggest that City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain has flown to Madrid to negotiate a deal before the transfer window closes.
Should negotiations be successful then the deal is likely to be worth somewhere in the region of £20-£30million and will see the Blues smash through the £100million mark for summer spending.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has previously said that he is happy with his current squad; however, whether Joleon Lescott can provide adequate cover and competition in defence remains to be seen.
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