Liverpool have reportedly been given a lift in their pursuit of Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos, with the defender irked at his contract situation.
The Reds are said to have changed their approach in the hunt for a new centre-back and have enquired about signing Ramos.
Liverpool have suffered harshly with key injuries at the back this season. Indeed, all three senior options in the centre of defence are currently out injured.
As such, several names are on their radar as they look to plug their gap.
Previous reports have named youngsters such as 20-year-old pair Sven Botman and Ozan Kabak as potential additions. The Lille and Schalke stars, respectively, would lack the experience of an older signing but offer hope of a longer-term impact.
Indeed, further speculation has claimed that Liverpool are not looking for a quick-fix this month. Instead, club chiefs are insistent that any addition must be able to add to the team going forward.
However, El Chiringuito claims that the Anfield club have registered serious interest in Ramos. The 34-year-old’s contract in the Spanish capital expires in June. As such, he is now free to talk to clubs from abroad.
Ramos fuming over salary cut
A report in Diario AS claims that Ramos is very much at a crossroads, with the Covid-19 pandemic hitting Real hard.
The chief problem seems to surround the 10% reduction in salary that Los Blancos want to impose. That is something Ramos is very unhappy with.
Ramos currently earns €12m net per season at Madrid. A 10% cut would reduce his salary by €1.2m, and if the deal is a two-year deal that means he would miss out on almost €3m.
The player has come up with a solution. He has offered to collect his salary, deferred, once the pandemic passes.
Furthermore, Real stars are unhappy that they are being asked to reduce their salaries when the club are still chasing big-money deals for Kylian Mbappe and Eduardo Camavinga.
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