Sergio Ramos looks set to leave Real Madrid this summer after a dramatic fall-out with club president Florentino Perez, reports claim.
Several Spanish outlets reported a heated argument in the dressing room following Madrid’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Ajax, which knocked them out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Perez allegedly threatened to sack Ramos in front of the entire squad, to which the captain responded he would be happy to leave if he was paid the rest of his contract.
The Spanish defender missed the last-16 second leg after deliberately getting himself booked in the dying moments of the first leg.
And the pair allegedly clashed after Perez ripped into the players, describing their performance as ‘shameful’.
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According to AS, Ramos reacted angrily, provoking Perez to issue the threat, to which the defender said: “Pay me and I will leave.
“I have given everything and broken my back for this badge, this club and for you.”
So, where could he go?
Despite various controversies, Ramos remains one of the world’s most gifted defenders, and with world class centre-backs at a premium, he would not be short of potential suitors.
talkSPORT.com takes a look at the where the Spain international could end up if he does call time on an illustrious Bernabeu career.
We can rule Liverpool out…
The Red Devils are looking for a centre-back, Ramos is looking for a new club – a match made in heaven?
United’s number one target is understood to be Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, however the Senegal international has proved increasingly difficult to lure away from Italy.
Ramos would no doubt seek a club of huge stature, and with Barcelona certainly ruled out, they don’t come much bigger than United.
After watching the demise of Madrid since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Ramos could be tempted to follow his former team-mate to Juve.
Giorgio Chiellini is now 34, and while he remains one of the world’s best centre-backs, the club must be considering a replacement sooner or later.
Maurizio Sarri has made it clear he wants to add a ball-playing centre-back to his ranks and Ramos is among the best.
David Luiz’s contract expires at the end of the season and, with the Blues’ over-30s policy, this could be his last season at Stamford Bridge.
While replacing Luiz with a 32-year-old would be somewhat contradictory, the club recently signed 31-year-old Gonzalo Higuain to solve their striker crisis, and Sarri does not appear to trust Andreas Christensen.
PSG’s desperate search for European glory goes on after they were sensationally knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United on Wednesday night.
And here is a man who knows how to win the Champions League.
Ramos has lifted the famous trophy four times in the last five seasons, and the French club will surely be looking to replace 34-year-old veteran Thiago Silva in defence.
The club have needed a defender like Ramos for years and a centre-back will be high on their list of priorities this summer.
With former Roma director Monchi reportedly coming in to deal with transfers at the Emirates, it would be no surprise if he attempts to start his reign with a marquee signing.
Besides, with Ramos’ Madrid contract terminating next summer, he could present an affordable option for the Gunners.
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