Arsenal have lined up a shock move for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos ahead of the January transfer window.
The Gunners require significant defensive reinforcements in January, having seen a leaderless back line repeatedly collapse against opposition in the Premier League, pushing them down the table, in relation to their usual high position.
As a result, Arsenal have supposedly lined up a surprise move for Ramos, who is considered to be one of the best defenders in the world.
They are hoping to beat other sides that have been linked with a move, like Chelsea, who are managed by former Real boss Jose Mourinho, by holding secret talks with his agent ahead of a deal.
AS reporter Manuel Esteban Manolete spoke to Spanish radio show La Goleada, saying: “Wenger has called Rene Ramos, the agent and brother of Sergio Ramos.”
Ramos’ negotiations with Real over a new contract have stalled, and as a result, Wenger believes the time is right to capture the sensational defender.
Ramos has won the European Championship twice with Spain, the World Cup and captured the Champions League with Real last season.
Manchester United and Arsenal have been put on red alert over Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
Both Premier League giants have been reportedly contacted by Ramos and his representatives over a possible summer move for the talented central defender, according to sources close to Ramos.
However, a move for Ramos would almost certainly cost around £40 million, given how important he is to the Champions League winners.
His current deal with Real expires in 2017, and he is currently in negotiations over a new contract.
Talks have not gone well so far though, with Ramos keen on a pay rise as part of any new agreement.
This is an issue, given the length his contract still has to run.
As a result, Ramos has tested the market by contacting both Premier League sides, according to the Daily Star.
Ramos is known to have a poor relationship with Real president Florentino Perez, which could hinder any discussions between the two parties.
Ramos is one of the world’s most talented defenders, only getting a bad reputation because any mistake he makes is magnified. Both Arsenal and Man Utd would be lucky to sign a player of his quality, especially given their defensive issues.