Former Real Madrid defender Pepe close to Porto return

FC Porto are set to sign former Real Madrid defender Pepe following his exit from Besiktas, according to multiple reports.

Diario AS cite reports from Portuguese newspapers A Bola and Record claiming the central defender is close to a return to the club.

The 35-year-old won two league titles with Porto in a stint between 2004 and 2007, before subsequently joining Madrid, where he won two La Liga crowns and three Champions League titles.

The veteran defender made 52 appearances for Turkish giants Besiktas after joining on a free transfer from Madrid in the summer of 2017 but left his contract six months early.

Pepe impressed for his nation at this summer’s World Cup and is said to have rejected offers from Asia, Brazilian side Corinthians and the English Premier League.

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