3 – Pepe
Wildcard option. I know I just said Manchester United need to save money, but lets say they manage to sell Phil Jones and recoup a bit of cash, they could justify spending some more. Although Pepe is a regular at Real Madrid, they have Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane demanding game time. All three can’t have it and if United were to offer enough money you feel like Madrid may be willing to consider it. Pepe is Portuguese, and Jose Mourinho is well respected in Portugal, especially by Portuguese players. What a top class signing Pepe would be. Aged 33, he has tonnes of experience for club and country and for playing at a big club like Madrid and under Mourinho previously. Pepe has been capped 74 times and as he is heading into the twilight of his career, surely he would consider a move to the Premier League?
I don’t think statistics are needed to highlight what Pepe would add to United, but I’ll give you them anyway. His 2.53 interceptions per 90 last season was particularly impressive for a Madrid side that rarely has to defend. He won a huge 68.67% of his aerial duels and also made 42.61 forward passes per 90, so he is capable of playing out from the back.