According to Spanish publication Diario AS, Manchester City are leading the queue to complete the signing of Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who is set to be a free agent in July.
Real Madrid have confirmed that club legend Sergio Ramos will leave Santiago Bernabeu after 16 long years upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the month.
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Ramos, 35, will depart the Los Blancos as the greatest defender to ever play for the club, having joined from Sevilla back in 2005.
The Spanish international has played over 670 games and won four Champions League titles, five Liga trophies and two Copa del Rey titles at Santiago Bernabeu.
Still, at the ripe age of 35, he is not short of suitors, with the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain also vying for his signature, Diario AS report.
The report adds that Ramos’ representatives have been in contact with Manchester City for some time with the objective of reaching an agreement.
Speaking about Manchester City, they reclaimed the Premier League title and reached the Champions League final last season. The cornerstone of City’s roaring success was their defence, with Ruben Dias and John Stones forging a strong partnership.
The pair of Dias and Stones was almost unbreakable, as they delivered rock-solid performances throughout the 2020/21 campaign and helped Pep Guardiola’s side achieve the best defensive record in the division.
With Eric Garcia having departed City on a free transfer to Barcelona and Aymeric Laporte aiming to leave as well this summer, Guardiola could be left with Dias, Stones and Nathan Ake as his only centre-back options.
Guardiola has to maintain the depth of his squad to challenge in every competition next season, meaning he simply cannot allow players to leave without replacing them. Hence, the addition of Ramos, even at 35, would be a smashing one for Manchester City.
Ramos has been lauded over the years from all corners of the world for his commitment, grit, performances and leadership skills on the pitch. The Spaniard’s wealth of experience and winning mentality could take this City squad to a different level altogether.
Having won the Champions League four times with Madrid, Ramos could be the missing piece in the jigsaw City need to add to win the coveted competition which has eluded them so far. All in all, City cannot afford to miss out on the 35-year-old, who on a free transfer will be a shrewd acquisition.