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sergio-ramos-real-madridAntonio Conte is lining up Sergio Ramos to replace Branislav Ivanovic, according to reports in Italy.

Chelsea will let Ivanovic, 32, leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, with Roma believed to have already held talks with the Blues over his availability. But incoming Blues boss Conte will only allow the deal to go ahead if he can bring in Real Madrid captain Ramos.

Conte has already identified Leonardo Bonucci as a top defensive target ahead of his Premier League arrival. But Ramos, 30, would provide extra versatility, with the defender able to play at both centre-back and full-back.

Manchester United spent last summer chasing the World Cup winner, but failed to lure him to the Premier League.

And Ramos ended any remaining speculation by signing a new five-year contract with Real in August.

The defender would not come cheap and if Chelsea were to go ahead with the move, they may be forced to sacrifice some of their more ambitious targets.

The Blues are already reportedly ready to smash the world transfer record by meeting Juventus star Paul Pogba’s £97million buy-out clause. Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain has also emerged on Chelsea’s wishlist — but would set the club back £75m.

Ramos signed for Real in 2005 from Sevilla in an £18m deal. During 11 years in the capital, the defender has won three La Ligas, two Copa del Reys, two Spanish Cups and the Champions League. He was also part of Spain’s World Cup winning 2010 team, and helped them triumph in the 2008 and 2010 Euros.

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