Chelsea have opened talks with the agent of Sergio Ramos over a possible deal to bring the defender to Stamford Bridge, reports The Express.
The centre-back has been linked with a move to both Manchester United and Arsenal in recent weeks, but Chelsea seem the most serious about bringing him to the Premier League. Jose Mourinho worked with Ramos during his three-years in charge at the Bernabeu and clearly saw enough to keep him in his thoughts.
Ramos, currently on £65,000-a-week, is looking for a considerable pay rise from Real Madrid and has already rejected an offer from president Florentino Perez. With his current deal expiring in 2017, Real Madrid will be under little pressure to sell, but know they will have to sell as soon as possible to get maximum value.
The 28-year-old is now happy to put other clubs on alert with the Premier League looking like the destination of choice. Chelsea want confirmation of Ramos' interest before pursuing a deal and have spoken to his agent as a result.
Chelsea are looking to replace John Terry, who at 34-years-old, may be looking a reduced role within the squad. The Blues captain has been in great form this season, but he is not expected to play two games a week next season.
Ramos is approaching the peak of his career and has already won everything on offer at the Bernabeu. He could be tempted into a fresh challenge and working under a former boss in a major city like London might be a tempting prospect.
Roman Abramovich is likely to sanction an offer that will be in line with Ramos' demands and he could join a squad that looks set to dominate the Premier League for the next five years. He would join international team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who joined from Barcelona last summer.
War of words
However, that may not be a good thing after the two took part in a war of words with regards to Fabregas' role in the Spain squad. Fabregas withdrew from a round of internationals, claiming he was injured, but reports emerged suggesting he was anything but. Needless to say, Ramos was not happy and insinuated that Fabregas was at risk of losing his place in the team.