Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Manchester City and could expect to earn a staggering salary worth £7.7 million a year if he decided to pursue a fresh challenge in the Premier League next season.
Ramos remains an important figure for Los Blancos, but has essentially achieved all he can at the Bernabeu and as a result former Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini reportedly believes he would consider a shock move to City.
That is according to the Daily Star, who believe that any City approach would be met with swift competition from Chelsea and another man who's coached Ramos before in Jose Mourinho.
Would Ramos seriously consider City?
Premier League interest in Ramos is nothing new, with the player's brother and agent Rene confirming he received an offer from an English club towards the back end of last season.
Chelsea were thought to be the club who considered that move, but interest from City is new and shows that the Premier League champions believe they can now compete for the world's top players in every position if available.
The 28-year-old still has more than two years left on his current Madrid contract, although Los Blancos have proved themselves to be pretty ruthless with showing stars the door if they feel a better alternative is on the market.
Ruthless Perez would surely listen to an acceptable offer
Xabio Alonso and Mesut Ozil were both hugely popular in Madrid and still got moved on by club president Florentino Perez, proving that ever player has their price.
City believe Ramos is no exception and think wages of roughly £148,000-a-week would be enough to bring him to Manchester, even if Chelsea firm up their interest and challenge their biggest title rivals for a player with an incredible wealth of experience at the highest level.
Madrid will likely review whether Ramos remains their best option at centre-back when the current campaign concludes, particularly with his team-mate Raphael Varane emerging as possibly the world's best young player in that position.
In truth neither Chelsea or City don't look particularly short in defence, but if Ramos is indeed available expect a top European club to make room for him very quickly.