Portuguese is now no longer a first choice at the Bernabeu.
Manchester City want to bring experienced Real Madrid defender Pepe to Eastlands this summer, according to reports in the Independent.
The Portugal international has been at the Santiago Bernabeu for the past six seasons now, having originally been brought to the Spanish capital from Portuguese giants FC Porto in July 2007 on a five-year deal worth a whopping 30 million euros.
And in the intervening six-year period, the 30-year-old has proved himself to be one of the most accomplished central defenders plying their trade on the Continent, having appeared in 199 matches in all competitions for los Blancos during that time, scoring five goals in the process, including four strikes in his 138 Liga contests.
However, it is understood that the Spanish giants are now prepared to listen to offers this summer for their utility player, who can also operate as a holding midfield player, after the Portuguese lost his first-team place at the heart of the Madrid back four last season to young Frenchman Raphael Varane, with the centre back expected to cost City no more than £15m.