Manchester City have reignited their interest in Real Madrid centre-back Pepe despite being turned away already this summer, according to reports in Spain today.

The Etihad club's interest in Pepe has been known for sometime, and they’re looking to take advantage of his uneasy situation in Madrid.

The Portuguese is still apparently unhappy at being sidelined last season, despite Jose Mourinho now no longer being with the club. The emergence of Raphael Varane saw Pepe lose his place in the first team, and led to a couple of media outbursts that riled the Bernabeu club.

Florentino Perez has insisted on the player staying, but if a fee that proves tempting is put on the table he could be swayed. £20m is the desired figure and Madrid will maintain they won’t negotiate for any less at this point.

Pepe’s contract expires in 2016 and his salary is around £3m a year at Madrid, an amount that would pose no problem for City.