Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has contacted the agent and brother of Sergio Ramos ahead of a potential swoop next year according to reports in Spain.
Ramos is out of contract in two years time and so far talks over a renewal haven't materialised, which has sparked rumours that he cold leave the Bernabeu.
It was claimed over the weekend that Ramos' representatives had sounded out potential suitors in Premier League including Chelsea and Manchester United - however it seems as though it is Arsenal that now lead the race.
Spanish newspaper AS say that Wenger has spoken directly to the Ramos camp about a potential deal. Journalist Manuel Esteban Manolete says: ‘Wenger has called Rene Ramos, the agent and brother of Sergio Ramos."
Although Arsenal could certainly do with defensive reinforcements in January, previous reports have suggested that Real Madrid would ask for around £40 million to let the Spanish international leave. Given Wenger's reluctance to splash the cash it seems unlikely that he would fork out such a sum.
Manchester United of course have deficiencies at the back and could use a player with the calibre of Ramos, while Chelsea will have to make a decision on John Terry's future at Stamford Bridge sooner rather than later and Ramos could be his replacement.