Chelsea and Manchester City are each considering the possibility of signing Real Madrid centre back Sergio Ramos after the Spain international fell out with Carlo Ancelotti.
The Daily Mirror report that Ramos is unhappy with criticism from his new Italian coach over his sending off against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League in midweek – the seventeenth red card of his career.
The tension between player and club appears to have simmered since the start of the season, with Ramos frustrated that he did not receive the raise in salary he requested following the signing of Gareth Bale.
Ramos is also no longer a guaranteed selection in the Real Madrid starting line-up thanks to the form of Pepe and Raphael Varane at the back, and the interest of Manchester City and Chelsea has certainly been piqued.
Manchester City could certainly do with an additional top quality central defender, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side noticeably less solid in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho boasts more options than Pellegrini in his back line, with John Terry, David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic all well capable in their roles at centre half.
However, with Terry yet to commit to a new contract, and question marks over Luiz’s future, perhaps there would be space for Sergio Ramos in the Blues squad after all.
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