Balague has said that Madrid want Ramos to sign a new one-year contract on reduced terms, but the Spain international central defender is looking for a two-year deal and wants to maintain his current salary.
90min reported in November 2020 that Tottenham are among the clubs interested in the 34-year-old, who is out of contract at Madrid at the end of the season.
The London Evening Standard claimed in December 2020 that Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho is keeping an eye on Ramos’s situation.
Mourinho worked with the former Sevilla centre-back when he was in charge of Madrid.
Well-known and well-respected Spanish football journalist Balague, who now works for BBC Sport among other outlets, has explained Ramos’s situation at Madrid.
Balague said about Ramos on his YouTube channel: “The situation is clear. Sergio Ramos wants a two-year deal and to stay in the same wages, €12 million (£10.67 million) net. Real Madrid are saying, ‘Only one year and you have to reduce 10% of your wages because that’s what everybody is going to get reduced’.”
Unlikely Tottenham Hotspur transfer
Mourinho and Ramos did not have the best of relationships when they were at Madrid, as reported by Goal.com.
Moreover, the Spain international is now 34 years of age, and although he remains one of the best central defenders in the world, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy may not be willing to spend a lot on wages on a player in his mid-30s with no re-sale value.