Date: 6th January 2019 at 3:12pm
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Former Real Madrid centre-back has favoured a move to over Arsenal, according to reports in .

The 35-year-old became a free agent last month after he and mutually agreed to terminate his contract and was expected to head back to his homeland of Portugal to join .

However, French publication L’Equipe, as reported by Metro, claim that Pepe will join ’s Monaco after rejecting a move to Arsenal.

is desperate to add a centre-back to his squad this month following several defensive injuries, including the long-term one suffered by who will miss the rest of the season, and has recently stated that he will be looking to do business to reinforce his back-line in the upcoming weeks.

Pepe had been identified as a potential recruit and L’Equipe suggested the Gunner made a late approach for the Portuguese defender but was turned down in favour of a move to struggling Monaco.