Pep Guardiola is willing to go out of his way to land one of the world’s best players – Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
One of the biggest transfer-related talking points in recent weeks has been the future of Sergio Ramos. The Real Madrid captain’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu ends in summer 2021, and negotiations over a renewal have hit an impasse.
From 01 January onwards, Ramos is free to discuss terms with non-Spanish clubs regarding a free transfer in the summer, and that has drummed a host of possibilities, including potential moves to Man Utd, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.
While he remains keen on staying at the home of the defending La Liga champions, Florentino Perez is offering just a one year’s extension to the Spain international as opposed to the two-year option which the player is looking for.
Diario GOL claims that Manchester City are one of the interested parties in landing his services for free prior to the 2021/22 season. The Citizens are in need of an experienced central defender having failed to replacement Vincent Kompany, who departed the club at the end of the 2018/19 season.
The 2010 World Cup winner has reportedly been phone-called by Pep Guardiola personally as the ex-Barcelona coach looks to bring in his compatriot to the Etihad Stadium. The 50-year-old himself has extended his stay at the club till 2023 and wants to bring Lionel Messi in as well, as part of the winning project which he continues to form.
Having already dominated England on the domestic front in recent years, the Sky Blues’ main goal remains a maiden UEFA Champions League title- a competition which they have craved to win since the club’s Abu Dhabi-backed takeover took place over a decade ago.
Ramos, who has won the Champions League four times already, could be one of the missing pieces of the puzzle that leads City to the summit of Europe and his experience is one of the reasons why Guardiola wants to sign him in the first place.
The 34-year-old central defender brings in unparalleled security in the heart of the backline, whilst also chipping in with goals on vital occasions.
However, with Ramos insistent that his first option is to stay at the Bernabeu, it’s likely that we will see Madrid eventually give in to his demands for a 2-year contract extension, and keep him at the club.
Unless there is a falling out between Zidane and Ramos, there is little reason for Madrid to not give Ramos the extra year he’s looking for.