Premier League clubs are being linked with a move for Spanish international Sergio Ramos, amidst reports that the Real Madrid defender is unhappy with life in the capital.
Speculation is rife that Ramos, who has 95 caps for his country at the age of just 26, has fallen out with manager Jose Mourinho over the club’s tactical policy, a point potentially proved by the player’s demotion to the substitutes bench for the Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Journalist Alfredo Duro has gone on to suggest that a rift is emerging in the dressing-room, which could end the player’s seven-year affiliation with the club.
"There are differences in the treatment of players in the dressing room. Differences between the Portuguese clan, the players close to Mourinho, and though who are isolated, like Sergio Ramos," he told Spanish TV show Punto Pelota, according to talkSPORT.
"There is no trust between the player and the coach, and vice versa. The solution will come at the end of the season. If Mourinho continues [at Madrid], Sergio Ramos will leave Real Madrid. He has a good reputation at PSG, in Russia and England. His value would be around €50m."
The report goes on to suggest that Ramos is set to train in isolation as part of ‘the special one’s’ disciplinary procedure, further separating the versatile defender from his teammates.
A Catalan-based paper has gone on to suggest that Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo could be keen on bringing the player to Stamford Bridge, with the Blues boss sensing a potential opportunity to add to a defence that already contains captain John Terry and ex-Benfica star David Luiz.
Manchester City are also referenced in the report, and manager Roberto Mancini certainly has funds at his disposal if he wishes to bring the player to the Etihad Stadium.
That said, Patrick Vieira insists Manchester City won’t be spending big anymore, and the club will have to weigh-up whether the player is worth the financial implications.
PSG, managed by ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, also have the cash to make a move, but it’s unclear if the Ligue 1 giants are interested.