Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing veteran Spanish defender Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Sergio Ramos has popped up on the radar of Chelsea heading into the summer transfer window. The Blues’ manager Thomas Tuchel wishes to swoop either the veteran Spaniard or his usual defensive partner Raphael Varane away from Real Madrid.
Sergio Ramos is an icon for Real Madrid and will also go down as one of the best defenders of his generation. And, over the last half-a-decade or so, the 35-year-old has also been an inspirational captain for Los Blancos, who have enjoyed roaring success during his tenure.
The veteran Spanish defender, though, is coming off the back of a forgettable campaign, as injuries restricted his game-time considerably – he appeared in just 21 of the 52 games that Real Madrid played in 2020/21. In addition, Ramos’ Real Madrid future has been up in the air for the better part of the past twelve months, which has now piqued the interest of Chelsea.
Chelsea have already benefitted from one veteran defender in Thiago Silva, whose nous and experience helped them in critical moments this past season. However, with the Brazilian centre-back now in the twilight of his career, the Blues seem to be interested in bolstering the heart of their defence for a second successive summer.
Chelsea might anyway be require at least one new central defender, seeing as Fikayo Tomori is set to join AC Milan while Kurt Zouma could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer. To that end, the west Londoners have been linked with Maxence Lacroix, Niklas Sule and others, while Real Madrid contract rebel Raphael Varane is also on their radar.
Thomas Tuchel, though, is currently weighing up between Varane and Ramos, who has also been linked with Manchester City, with the two Real Madrid defenders emerging as his priority. As for Ramos himself, his fate at Real Madrid will be crystal clear in a couple of weeks, with his contract running out at the end of this month.
What now remains to be seen is if Ramos chooses not to sign a new deal with Real Madrid, which will then throw up many question marks around his next destination. It will then be interesting to see if Chelsea end up swooping him away on a free transfer, just as they had done with Silva last summer.