Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still keen on signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos if the Spaniard fails to agree terms on a new contract.
As reported by Le 10 Sport in France and AS in Spain, Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain are the two clubs that currently lead the race to sign the Spain international as contract talks between player and club drag on.
Carlo Ancelotti wants to extend Ramos's contract but the two parties are yet to agree a deal and the Real Madrid boss has no update on the situation.
Speaking to reporters he said: "No, I have no advice to give, I know that the club wants to extend and he [Ramos] wants to stay."
Ramos played under Mourinho during the Special One's time at the Bernabeu, and with John Terry approaching the end of his carer, the Chelsea manager is in the market for a long-term replacement.
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The Blues signed young rising star Kurt Zouma from St Etienne, and he's been gradually introduced to the first-team this season after returning to France last term, but Chelsea do not want to put all their eggs in one basket.
The reports claim Mourinho remains in contact with Ramos, and will not hesitate to sanction an offer should he get the tip-off that he's available.
PSG, who were drawn against Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 round on Monday morning, recently signed David Luiz from Stamford Bridge to partner Thiago Silva but while FFP sanctions have checked their activity, they've not dented their ambition.
Last week Arrigo Sacchi said Sergio Ramos was being offered less money to stay at Real Madrid by club president Florentino Perez, to which the player responded that he is not motivated by financial considerations.
Whatever the hold-up, it's clear the club and player are some way apart which means they'll be a proliferation of transfer stories regarding Ramos as the January transfer window nears.