According to Spanish publication AS, defender Sergio Ramos has rejected the latest offer of a contract extension at Real Madrid.
This development could be of interest to Premier League trio Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United and it comes not long after Ramos appeared to drop a Premier League hint.
Following his side’s 2-0 Copa Del Rey defeat at rivals Atletico Madrid, Ramos was incensed with a number of controversial decisions and spoke of his preference for the Premier League.
"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,” he told AS.
While his comments could be born out of nothing more than post-match frustrations, such thoughts may now convert into fears over his future following the latest developments in his contract situation.
The Spanish international’s current contract runs out in 2017 and Madrid seem keen on tying him down to a new deal which will see him retire at the Santiabo Bernabeu.
However, their recent attempts appear in vain as Ramos reportedly cites the lack of financial commitment on the club’s behalf as his reasons for declining.
“Sergio Ramos has rejected Madrid’s first offer to renew his contract. He met with Florentino Perez, but didn’t like the salary which was offered – one which was below Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Iker Casillas,” Spanish publication AS reports.
According to a recent report in the Daily Star, United boss Louis van Gaal had pinpointed Ramos as his number one target in December and was prepared to offer him £105,000-a-week after tax to secure his signature.
With the Red Devils seemingly on the hunt for a new defender, Ramos’ reported contract refusal only begs the question whether a potential move to the Premier League has become a realistic possibility.