Chelsea keen on Spaniard.
European champions Chelsea are keeping a close eye on the growing rift between Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid, as they prepare a January bid for the defender.
Ramos has fallen out with boss Jose Mourinho after he was dropped him for their Champions League clash against Manchester City on Tuesday.
And – if the pair are unable to mend their broken relationship – the Madrid may offload the 26-year-old at the earliest opportunity, according to reports in Madrid.
Chelsea had been keen to bring in a defender over the summer but failed in their attempt to land Inter Milan star Maicon, who eventually joined City.
Roberto Di Matteo is keen to strengthen his side’s defence after they threw away a two-goal lead against Juventus on Wednesday.
And the ability of Ramos to play both in the middle and at right-back makes him an attractive target.
The current crisis is not the first time the Spain international has clashed with Mourinho.
The former Chelsea boss was also upset at Ramos’s post-match comments following a cup defeat to Barcelona in January.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
There is increasing speculation linking Chelsea with a move for unhappy £40m rated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, as reports that the Spanish international has fallen out with Real boss Jose Mourinho gather pace.
Both Ramos and Mourinho are headstrong characters, supremely confident in their own ability, so it’s not hard to imagine a rift.
Ramos is a World Cup and double European Championship winner and losing him would be a major blow to Los Blancos.
But Mourinho rarely fails to get his own way and if the Potuguese decides the 26-year-old has to go, there will be no shortage of takers.
Depending on what mood Roman Ambramovich is in, Chelsea certainly have the money to afford Ramos – who will cost around £40m – and the Blues are in the market for a defensive reinforcements.
Following the departure of Jose Bosingwa, boss Roberto Di Matteo was desperate for a new right-back but failed to land Maicon or Mathieu Debuchy, eventually signing Spain under-21 international Cesar Azpilicueta. While the 22-year-old is a good prospect, Di Matteo would surely jump at the chance to work with Ramos, the finished article and amongst the most accomplished attacking full-backs in the world and a solid centre-half to boot.
Mega-rich French club PSG are also likely to be interested but if Chelsea are still in with a shot of the Premier League and Champions League crowns in January, there’s every chance Juan Mata and Fernando Torres could persuade their compatriot to move to Stamford Bridge.
Of course, Real Madrid have started La Liga poorly and the other alternative is that Mourinho is relieved of his duties before January, paving the way for Ramos to reconcile with the club. If that was the case, what odds on Mourinho arriving at Stamford Bridge rather than the defender?
Compare ticket prices for the upcoming El Clasico matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Buy Real Madrid and FC Barcelona tickets for the first El Clasico of the season at the Nou Camp on 7 October and many more La Liga matches with the leading ticket comparison site.