Don Balon, a Spanish football magazine, has reported that the Blues have put in a British record bid of £63.5million for Real Madrid defender and Captain, Sergio Ramos.
Ramos, who’s major honours include La Liga, Champions League, the Euros and the World Cup, has long been cited as one of the best defenders in the world. The hard hitting defender had made just under 40 appearances for Sevilla before joining the Spanish supergiants Real Madrid in 2005.
Since then, he has gone on to make over 330 appearances, scoring 42 goals along the way. 131 caps for the Spanish national team is also on Ramos’ list of achievements.
The defender has previously been linked with Manchester United, but according to reports from Don Balon, Chelsea are the club at the forefront of the chase, eyeing a move to potentially replace the ageing John Terry, who’s previous contract talks have stalled and left rumours circulating about a possible move or retirement from football.
The reigning Premier League Champions are not timid when it comes to splashing the cash. In January of 2011, former Liverpool front man, Fernando Torres joined the blues for a then British Transfer Record bid of £50million.
The £63.5million fee seems steep for a defender, even of Ramos’ calibre. The Spaniard turned 30 in March, and all it takes is to make a comparison to John Terry to see how much the Real Madrid centre back has left in his tank.
In comparison, the most expensive defender to date is David Luiz, who ironically left Chelsea in 2014 for French Champions, Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £50million.