Jose Mourinho has sent Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos a text message with an offer to join Chelsea, despite the pair falling out while he was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to El Confidencial, the Stamford Bridge boss believes he needs to add more power to the centre of the Blues defence and see Ramos as the perfect player to do that, so sent him a message to garner if there was any reciprocal interest.
The report claims the Spain international reacted with shock at the message and, once he got over his surprise, declined the offer of a move to Chelsea because he intends to retire a Real Madrid player.
Surprise is an understandable reaction from Ramos as it was well known that he and Mourinho had fallen out with each other over selection decisions made by the Portuguese.
El Confidencial go on to claim that sending text messages is a tactic Mourinho likes to employ often and did so when Real Madrid signed Croatian Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur. It claims he likes to build a relationship with his transfer targets before risking putting in an offer.
Chelsea already have Gary Cahill, John Terry, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic as senior centre-backs, but the latter has been deployed at right back so far this season and Luiz's future is in doubt under Mourinho.
This report even claims that Mourinho was prepared to let the Brazil international join Barcelona but blocked the move until he could find a replacement that he felt fitted his system better.