Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing to compete with Manchester United for the signature of Sergio Ramos, reports The Sunday People.
The Spain international is reportedly unhappy with life at Real Madrid and is looking to meet with club president Florentino Perez this week to discuss his future.
Now 29-years-old, Ramos is understood to be considering a fresh challenge with the Premier League an obvious destination should he decide to quit.
Rafa Benitez, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti this summer, see Ramos as a key part of his squad next season, but with just two-years remaining on his current contract, Real Madrid know this is the time to cash in.
Following reports of his discontent, Manchester United were soon linked with a transfer bid. Louis van Gaal seems to have lost his battle to sign Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels and Ramos would certainly be a fitting alternative.
However, Chelsea and Manchester City are both ready to throw their hat in the ring as well and are expected to compete on a financial level with the Old Trafford club should Ramos decide to leave.
Jose Mourinho has a clear advantage in any race as he still retains a close relationship with Ramos. The Portuguese developed a close bond with several Real Madrid stars whilst managing the club between 2010 and 2013.
But the Blues are not willing to pay the £50m price tag placed on Ramos' head and would rather wait until 2016 to make their move. Ramos would have just 12 months remaining on his contract by then and would be over 30, meaning the transfer fee would be significantly smaller.
It may be too late by next summer though as both Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini are ready to bid big this summer.
City need to strengthen their backline with Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala both failing to impress last season while United need to replace Jonny Evans, who is expected to depart this summer.
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