Manchester City are weighing up making a contract offer to Sergio Ramos if he leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer.
Ramos is out of contract with Real at the end of June and a new deal to keep him in the Spanish capital into next season has so far looked unlikely after talks earlier in the year hit an impasse.
All of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ have been keeping an eye on Ramos’ situation for a number of months, as reported by 90min in November, as it could yield a rare opportunity.
But City could be the first to take that interest to a more formal level, with ESPN now reporting that the Premier League champions are considering putting forward a two-year offer to Ramos.
It is said that the proposed deal would be tailored to the 35-year-old’s form and own priorities. It would run until the summer of 2023, by which time Ramos will be 37, and could even include the option of a third year in Manchester or a switch to sister club New York City in MLS.
ESPN notes that Ramos’ preferred plan would be to stay at Real, where he has won four Champions Leagues and five La Liga titles since 2005, but will leave if there continues to be no agreement with the club. A meeting with president Florentino Perez in the coming days will be decisive.
A move to the Eithad Stadium would mean Ramos, a Real Madrid legend, linking up with a Barcelona legend in Pep Guardiola, but the City boss is said to value the player’s experience and leadership.
City cruised to victory in the Premier League this season thanks to unrivalled squad depth, but they fell at the final hurdle in the Champions League, the only major prize that continues to elude the club, and Ramos is a prove winner at that level.