Sergio Ramos is said to have opened the door to a shock Premier League switch, having been left furious with Real Madrid’s offer of a new contract.
According to the Daily Express, the World Cup-winning Spaniard is already in negotiations over extending his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu past 2017 - when his current contract expires - but was left annoyed with the terms laid out on the table after Real’s latest proposal.
The 28-year-old has been a leading figure in Carlo Ancelotti’s side, as he was when Jose Mourinho was at the helm, and has now been with Real for a decade. Despite wanting to finish his career with the Champions League holders it’s claimed that he will look elsewhere if he’s not offered what he feels he deserves, and as such the likes of Manchester United, Manchester United Arsenal and Chelsea are on alert.
Ramos is a known advocate of the Premier League, having recently revealed that he likes the standard of refereeing and style of play, and it goes without saying that his talents would be welcomed with open arms at some of England’s best sides.
Unhappy at terms
The defender’s main gripe is said to be centered around the fact that Real aren’t prepared to pay him as much as Karim Benzema, Iker Casillas, Gareth Bale or star performer Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Ramos, whose next contract could well be his last lucrative deal, is looking to ensure he’s paid handsomely, and he’d certainly be promised that were he to trade Spain for the Premier League.
Of all his suitors in England perhaps United and City would be the best positioned financially speaking. The Red Devils’ impending kit deal with Adidas, set to commence from the end of this campaign, will bag them £750 million, meaning they’re not in any trouble with regards to what they can spend, and City, though somewhat prohibited by the Financial Fair Play restraints, obviously have money to play with.
United vs Chelsea vs City
United fans could make a case for needing a new centre-back more, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans not experienced enough to hold down the fort alone. That being said Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be searching for a reliable partner for Vincent Kompany, having been left unimpressed with Eliaquim Mangala.
Then there’s Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho having worked closely with Ramos before. The Special One had a somewhat rocky relationship with the ex-Sevilla star, but he does command arguably the most complete team in the Premier League.