In 2007 Rijkaard requested a centre-back and Txiki gave a list with him, Chivu and Milito.
Porto requested 30 'kilos' for the centre-back that left to Madrid, and Gabi arrived for 16.
Pepe left the Cup last clásico causing the fans at Camp Nou as he kissed the crest of the jersey. The new imaginary ogre of the Blaugrana has become the standard of foul play behind the cowardly stomp on Messi's hand as he lay on the turf of the Bernabeu. Ironies of history, Barça had Pepe in the list of 2007 signings. Rijkaard looking for a center to strengthen the staff after a disastrous season and Portuguese was already 24 years sought a defense in Europe.
That year, Rijkaard asked the technical secretary Txiki Begiristain the central Acquisitions of a flexible, robust and with acceptable qualities to be attackers. The work of prospecting of the videotapes of the file and of the reports he started and at the little time Txiki gave the Dutch coach a list in which figured three centre-backs. In order of priority on the list read: Pepe (Porto), Chivu (Roma) and Milito (Zaragoza).
Pepe was the first to be probed and be disposed of. Since Barça was called by telephone at Portuguese club to know the starting price: negotiable nearly 30 million since the Madrid and other clubs in Italy and the Premier were after him. The president of the 'dragons', Pinto da Costa, famed better buyer and seller, was adamant and the Technical Secretariat drew back and contacted Chivu's agent and his team, AS Roma.
The Romanian central was valued at 20 million and an Italian delegation composed of a vice president and technical secretary met to negotiate in the private home of Ferran Soriano. During dinner, the 20 million fell to 18 and when the 'puzzle' Rijkaard began to fit himself down asking Gabi Milito.
Finally, Milito came to Camp Nou for 16 million went Chivu to Inter for Real Madrid 20 and took Pepe withthe services for the 30 who wanted the 'wizard' Da Costa. On July 9, 2007 the website of Madrid announced the signing of Klep Laveran Lima Ferreira 'Pepe'. The description of the centre-back qualities were superlative, of course, to stop saying "Pepe has scissors on the legs, because it cuts everything and dominates the air as anyone." Obviously, over time no one can dispute the right comment to the official website merengona.
The bustle of signings and transfers moved that summer ended with the expected arrival of Henry, Yaya Toure, Abidal and Milito and transfers said Saviola, Belletti, Giuly, Motta, Maxi Lopez and Van Bronckhorst. (via MD)