Man City to battle Chelsea for Real Madrid ace

Manchester City are ready to go head-to-head with Chelsea in the battle for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, according to reports from talkSPORT.

Although a key man at the Bernabeu, the Spain international’s immediate future at the club has been thrown into doubt of late, amid rumours that contract negotiations are stalling.

Ramos’ current deal expires in 2017, and although understood to be ready to commit himself to Los Blancos, an offer has not been forthcoming.

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This has alerted a number of top clubs across Europe, with Chelsea having been linked with a move.

And now reports have revealed that City are also in the battle, with a long-term partner for Vincent Kompany still a pressing concern following Eliaquim Mangala’s struggles since his summer arrival.

The Sky Blues are said to be watching the 28-year-old’s situation closely, with his experience – Ramos has won ten major trophies since joining Real from Sevilla in 2005 – attractive to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

An end of season move is City’s preference, yet it remains to be seen if the European champions will contemplate a deal.