It would take big money to lure Sergio Ramos away from Real Madrid, but Premier League suitors have been offered hope in that particular pursuit.
A man widely considered to be the finest centre-half in world football has admitted to growing increasingly frustrated with life in Spain.
Ramos saw a contentious penalty decision go against him in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey derby date at cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid, which helped the hosts to a 2-0 win.
The World Cup winner was clearly fuming at the final whistle and hinted that he could turn his back on La Liga at some stage in the near future, with the English top-flight holding greater appeal due to its physical nature.
Ramos told AS: "I'm not going to talk about controversial issues and certainly not that incident. The only thing I will say is that, with every passing day, I prefer the English Premier League.
"What am I talking about? Obviously not about the ball-boys ... the style of play, refereeing. People enjoy watching that competition. When one loses, it’s easy to focus on the refereeing decisions."
Ramos’s comments will have been noted in England, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all linked with the Spain international in the recent past.
The Blues at Stamford Bridge may consider themselves to be favourites, with Jose Mourinho having previously worked with the 28-year-old at Santiago Bernabeu.
All three clubs have world-class Spanish talent on their books, though, with the likes of Santi Cazorla, David Silva, Jesus Navas and Cesar Azpilicueta likely to get on Ramos’ case and push the interests of their respective employers.