Liverpool defender target Sergio Ramos is reportedly on the verge of a Real Madrid exit this summer.
The Spanish international defender's contract talks have broken down, according to press reports in the players homeland, leaving a number of clubs in England and across Europe on 'red alert'.
Liverpool are thought to be one of those interest in the player, and were first linked with a move for Ramos at the end of January. Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan are also thought to be keen on the player, while Manchester City and Arsenal have also monitored the player in the past.
AS reports that the 24-year-old is weighing up his future under Jose Mourinho amidst reports of a divided dressing room at the Santiago Bernabeu, and that Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is currently leading the chase for the player. Sport.co.uk goes on to claim the player is 'set for exit' from Madrid.
Agent and brother Rene Ramos spoke to the same website back in January, confirming that the player's future was far from certain in the Spanish capital. "Right now that matter is quite stuck to be honest. I think it is something really important for both, the club and the player."
Speaking the The People at the same time, the agent also confirmed interest from the Barclays Premier League and Serie 'A'. "Some big clubs in England and Italy have been interested in Sergio for some time," he told the paper.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to strengthen his squad in the summer, with defenders thought to be a priority for the Scot presuming he signs a long-term deal at Anfield.
Ramos, with his club and international experience, appears to be one of the best players on the market and the Liverpool chief is unsurprisingly being linked with a move come the end of the season.
Competition will undoubtedly be fierce to land the player, who made a La Lgia switch from Sevilla for €27 million back in 2005. It's thought that Liverpool or any of the suitors would have to pay a similar figure, possibly more, to land the player.