Sergio Ramos has been fishing for a pay rise in the Spanish capital.
Manchester United, as well as local rivals Manchester City and fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal, have been contacted about the possibility of signing long-serving Real Madrid central defender and Spain international Sergio Ramos as contract talks between the 28 year-old and his club continued to stall, according to reports from the Daily Star.
Ramos is a Real Madrid icon so it seems surprising that he would be considering leaving the Bernabeu, having scored the crucial last gasp equaliser against Atletico Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, but the report suggests that Ramos is demanding a pay rise at the club despite his contract running until 2017 and, as of yet, Real have proven to be unwilling to budge.
This has led to speculation that Premier League sides have been contacted about the possibility of signing Ramos, although Real would be unlikely to want to sell and any deal would cost in excess of £40 million, which would represent the eye-catching capture of one of the best defenders of this generation.
Signed by Real after he had played less than 40 La Liga games for domestic rivals Sevilla, Ramos has become synonymous with Real Madrid in that time and helped them to hoover up another trophy on Saturday evening, scoring in the Club World Cup final victory over San Lorenzo in Morocco.