Inter director denies Pepe deal is done

Pepe is set to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer and seems on his way to Inter, yet the Milan club’s director Piero Ausilio has denied that anything concrete has been agreed.

Pointing to the fact that the coaching job is currently vacant after the firing of Stefano Pioli, Ausilio dismissed transfer talk and insisted that filling the dugout is the priority.

“There is all of this talk about contracts and signings, but there’s absolutely nothing,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“It seems illogical to discuss players now when we have not yet chosen a coach to take over the squad next season.

“So we have to restructure the club first and to find the right coach, then focus on the rest.”

He did, however, confirm that a move for the Portuguese defender, whose contract runs out this summer, had been put to him.

“If I had to tell you every player we’ve recently been proposed then we would have 150 in the squad,” he said of the speculation.

“Pepe was suggested to us and we are considering the overall situation.

“I want to make considerations in a vague sense, rather than specifically, about Pepe because there is absolutely no deal.

“I say that players of experience, character and grit are always valuable.”

Pepe had previously been linked with a move to China before the option of moving to Italy came up.