Premier League champions Chelsea have begun plans for summer recruitment following what has been a horrendous defence of their title.
With Antonio Conte set to take over as manager when his contract with the Italy national side expires after Euro 2016, the Blues are set to undergo a squad overhaul and make amends for a poor campaign.
Conte has reportedly prioritised signing a quality centre-back upon his arrival in west London and, according to The Sun, earmarked Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos as a primary target.
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Such speculation coincides with news suggesting Branislav Ivanovic will be shown the exit at the end of the season amidst interest from Serie A's Roma.
The Serbian right-back signed a one-year extension to his contract last year yet Conte is ready to offload one of Chelsea's old guard to make room for new signings.
Ramos, on the other hand, was linked with a move to Manchester United last summer but nothing materialised, the Spaniard instead signing a new five-year deal to remain at the Bernabeu until 2020.
However, with Los Blancos currently third in La Liga and unlikely to pip Atletico Madrid and reigning champions Barcelona to the title, the futures of several first-team stars in the Spanish capital are in question.
The versatile and aggressive 30-year-old can operate anywhere along the back line and would add depth to a Chelsea squad in need of greater options.
And perhaps most importantly, Ramos would bring a winning pedigree to west London having won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Cups and the Champions League, alongside the 2010 World Cup with Spain.
The issue remains, though, that Chelsea will be unable to offer Champions League football to new signings this summer, which could deter their world-class targets from making a move to Stamford Bridge.