Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's Pepe [L] has reportedly attracted interest from Cristiano Ronaldo's [R] ex-club Manchester UnitedReuters

Manchester United have turned their attention to another Real Madrid defender, in a bid to get at least one defender from their squad, after their failure in acquiring the prized signature of Sergio Ramos this summer.

While highly-rated Frenchman Raphael Varane is expected to be the other defender who can provide the cutting-edge in the defence just like Ramos, the Red Devils' attention seems to be on someone else.

It's Portuguese defender Pepe.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 32-year-old Portuguese veteran is the new defender now being targeted by Louis van Gaal's side.

There is uncertainty over the playing time for Pepe at Real considering the fact that he will be overshadowed by the presence of Ramos and Varane in the heart of the defence.

It is even reported that Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has allowed the Portuguese defensive rock to make a move to one of his potential suitors this summer.

Having said that, although it seems possible to sign Pepe from Real Madrid, it remains uncertain whether Van Gaal will ask his club to make a bid for the player this summer.

The reason being the Dutchman has reportedly gone on record saying that they were done with their defensive signings this summer, and are only looking forward to strengthening their attacking line.

Italy defender Matteo Darmian has been their only signing this summer in defence, and with a variety of options in Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett, as well as Jonny Evans, Van Gaal looks more than content with the defensive strength of the squad.

Manchester United have been linked with Everton defender John Stones and Argentina international Nicolas Otamendi as well, but it seems the moves for the defensive duo is not being taken forward.

Meanwhile, Pepe, who joined Real in 2007, has only a year left on his contract. The no-nonsense centre-back has picked up 285 appearances at the club, with 12 goals and 17 assists.

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