Manchester City are keeping a close eye on Sergio Ramos’s contract situation, according to ESPN.
The Premier League champions are keen to sign Real’s legendary captain and are willing to give him the contract that he has so far failed to have secure from Madrid; a two year deal with the option to renew for a third depending on his performance. There is also a possibility that Ramos could move to America to play with City’s MLS sister side, New York City FC before wrapping up his career.
According to ESPN sources close to Real Madrid, there is a meeting planned with Florentino Perez and Sergio Ramos where a decision will be made. Ramos current deal expires on June 30th and, though he is listening to other offers, his priority is to renew with Real Madrid.
This development, as expected with such an iconic figure in Real’s recent history, brings about mixed feelings as no one wants to imagine Ramos playing for anyone other than Real Madrid. If Real are to lose Ramos then trading him to a direct European rival like Manchester City is far from ideal, especially on a free transfer. On the other hand, one might argue that the Spanish captain’s latest injury troubles (he played just 12 LaLiga matches this season) as well as his age makes two years a long time to commit to for a big earner in the squad.
Manchester City data team, interestingly, are reported to view Ramos’s 2020/21 injury struggles quite differently and believe he possesses the physique of a much younger player than his age. Pep Guardiola is also rumored to be keen on bringing Ramos to Manchester with the intent of giving him a similar role that Vincent Kompany enjoyed before his departure to Belgium. Filling such a void with a player of Ramos’s caliber would be more than a generous boost to City’s defensive depth.
One way or another, Madrid fans can at least take solace in the fact that this contract saga is approaching an end and that the club can begin planning for the future with or without Sergio Ramos.