Man United & Man City battle to sign Pepe as Real Madrid consider a contract renewal [Marca]

Manchesters United and City are pitted in a head-to-head transfer battle on Friday on the front page of Spanish paper Marca.

The headline on the Iberian daily reads “Mystery Pepe”, in which its reported that the Real Madrid defender is currently having his contract status mulled over by the suits at the Santiago Bernabeu, however Man United and Man City are waiting in the wings to pounce.

31-year-old Pepe’s current deal at Real expires in 2016.

Away from the Premier League angle in the story, the splash on Marca appears to be a recognition of the terrific season Pepe is having in Spain.

Often thought to be a hot-head and thug, Pepe has actually been remarkably calm this campaign, failing to get booked in 12 La Liga matches this season. Indeed, Marca says on their front page that Real Madrid are considering a contract renewal as a reward for Pepe’s great performance and his changed attitude.

The suggestion is that rather to move to United or City, Real will give the Portuguese defender a new deal.

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