Sergio Ramos scored for Real Madrid in their Club World Cup win over San Lorenzo last night, but he could be on his way out of the Bernabeu with Mancester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all interested.
The Spanish international is contracted with Madrid until 2017, and while talks have started over a new deal progress has so far not been made.
That has prompted the defender's camp to sound out potential suitors should he decide to call time on his career in Spain, and it seems there is some interest from the Premier League according to the Daily Star.
Manchester United and Manchester City in particular are believed to be keen, while Arsenal could also do with some options at the back. If Ramos does decide to move he won't come cheap, and along with the fee Real Madrid demand his wages are likely to be in excess of £150,000-per-week.
Indeed the Star say the transfer fee would be around the £40 million mark which would make him one of the most expensive defenders of all time. Whether the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United are willing to commit that sort of cash towards a 28-year-old remains to be seen, while Manchester City need to be wary of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.
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Speaking recently, Ramos insisted he wasn't thinking about where he could end up playing, and insisted that money was not a factor for him. “I’m not driven by money and I never have been," he said. "My new contract depends on my happiness and the president and I don’t think there’ll be any problems.
“It’s the least of my concerns – that’s what my agent’s for. I have two more years left on my current deal and I intend to stay at Real. They’ve given me almost everything I have.”
Although Real Madrid fans will want him to stay, the emergence of Raphael Varane - who has been linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea - means Carlo Ancelotti already has a direct replacement if he decides to sell up.
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