Man City ahead of Man Utd & PSG in Sergio Ramos pursuit

Tom Gott
Sergio Ramos has offers to join the Premier League
Sergio Ramos has offers to join the Premier League / Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Manchester City are understood to be ahead of both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in their pursuit of soon-to-be free agent Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid have confirmed that the 35-year-old defender will leave the club this summer after failing to agree on a new contract, bringing an end to his illustrious 16-year career at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Almost immediately after that news came to light, links between Ramos and the Premier League quickly began to surface. According to AS, a move to England is very much on the cards, and it's City who are in the strongest position.

As 90min revealed back in November, each of the Premier League's 'big six' have expressed an interest in Ramos, and talks between the defender and City are understood to have continued after that.

City chiefs have long stressed to Ramos that they would like to bring him in this summer, having already lost Eric Garcia and facing the prospect of offloading Aymeric Laporte, who is wanted by Barcelona.

Sergio Ramos
City have been in talks with Ramos for months / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Ramos is intrigued by the idea of joining City, but he is also open to a switch to United. He has long followed the club, having decided during his infamous transfer saga of 2015 that he would be open to joining United if he left Real, and that option remains on the table.

However, United are expected to pursue younger targets, with Sevilla's Jules Kounde and Villarreal's Pau Torres both high on their wish list.

Finally, PSG continue to monitor Ramos, and they are keen to bring in someone with his experience to replace Thiago Silva, who joined Chelsea last year.

PSG obviously have the money needed to satisfy Ramos' demands and they see him as the sort of high-profile addition that will help strengthen their case to win the Champions League.

Of all the options at the minute, City's proposal is suggested to be the strongest, but all doors remain open for the time being.

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