Real Madrid are ready to bid for Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

The News of the World says the defender, 29, is one of those said to have been most affected by the departure of Jose Mourinho.

He had a close relationship with the Blues' former manager, after patching up their friendship following a row a couple of seasons ago.

Mourinho persuaded him to sign a five-year deal towards the end of last season - a contract that would see him end his career in the Premier League. But with his mentor gone, Carvalho could be open to a move and Real are getting ready to test Chelsea's resolve.

The length of the player's contract means the Spanish giants will have to put in a serious offer to tempt the Londoners into selling.

And that would probably mean a figure in the region of £10million.