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The winter transfer windown opened yesterday and already we can see a huge number of rumours making the round in the media.
As far as Arsenal is concerned, the Gunners have been interested in signing a strong central defender and were reportedly close to finalzing the signing of Benfica star man Victor Lindelof according to Portuguese outlet – O Jogo.
However, a familier name is also in the limelight and linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium once again in the form of Real Madrid star defender Pepe.
The British giants have been looking to sign the Portuguese international for quite some time (Fichajes 2015).
According to the latest reports, Arsene Wenger is ready to move in and offer a contract to finally bring the Portuguese international to Emirates next summer (Express).
Pepe played a pivotal role in helping Madrid win the league title back in 2012 under the management of the current Man United boss Jose Mourinho.
As per the provided Express link, the 33-year-old star is mostly warming the bench for Real this season and Wenger wants the Gunners to make an early offer to hire his services.
The Euro 2016 winner currently earns (Star) £110,000-a-week ($136,000-a-week) with the Los Blancos and his contract will expire at the end of the season.
This means that the French boss is looking to sign him on a free transfer. Pepe has bags of experience and quality but the veteran defender is surely past his best and the Gunners do not really need him.