Manchester City will try to lure Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to the Etihad Stadium in a bid to strengthen their defence.

According to the Sunday People, Ramos has put contracts talks on hold due to Real's unwillingness to match his wage demands.

The Spanish defender is earning around £4.6m a year, but wants an increase to around £6.2m.

Real Madrid see this as too much - and this has opened the door for potential suitors.

Manchester City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain will battle for the defender's signature and could easily afford to match his wage demands.

Yet if they want to buy the Spaniard, the clubs will have to stump as much as £41m in order to match his release clause.

City are preparing an opening offer of £32.5m for the defender.

Ramos, who joined Real Madrid at the start of the 2005/06 season for £20m, has mainly been used as a right-back and holding midfielder by manager Carlo Ancelotti - but the 27-year-old wants to play as a central defender, and City could offer him just that.

It's a totally different question if Ramos would want to quit Real, even if they don't pay him as much as he wants.

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