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The possible destinations for Sergio Ramos - ranked

Daniel Feliciano
Feb 10, 2021, 5:00 PM GMT
Could Sergio Ramos be on his way out of Real Madrid?
Could Sergio Ramos be on his way out of Real Madrid? | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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With each passing day, it seems we're getting closer to the end of the Sergio Ramos era at Real Madrid.

The Spain captain has entered the final five months of his Bernabeu contract and reports from Spain suggest that both parties are no closer to an agreement to extend his stay at the club beyond the current 16 years.

90min reported in November that a number of Premier League clubs were already sounding out the possibility of signing him on a free transfer in 2021, while someone as decorated as Ramos is sure to have major interest from across the football world if he is to depart.

But what are his best options?

7. MLS

Could Ramos make the move to the MLS?
Could Ramos make the move to the MLS? | Clive Rose/Getty Images

By the time his contract comes to an end, Ramos will be 35. This will likely be the final big deal of his career.

At this point, players usually look for a monster payday and start to wind down their career somewhere sunny, where the quality is maybe a little bit lower.

Surely not Ramos though? The guy is a born winner and still has a couple of years, at least, left at the top of the game. Unless he shocks the world, this is probably a non-starter.

Suitability - 2/10

6. Manchester City

Could Ramos and De Bruyne be team-mates next season?
Could Ramos and De Bruyne be team-mates next season? | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

When a player on big money with a huge reputation becomes available, Manchester City are almost always in the conversation about potentially signing them.

This time though, it doesn't make much sense.

The development of a partnership between Ruben Dias and John Stones has seen City become one of the best defensive units in Europe, and with Aymeric Laporte there too, Pep Guardiola doesn't need to look for defensive upgrades.

Suitability - 3/10

5. Tottenham Hotspur

Ramos has been linked with a shock move to Spurs
Ramos has been linked with a shock move to Spurs | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Tottenham are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and Ramos is as good as they come. But would he take a step down in club stature to join a side that is known for struggling to win trophies?

Jose Mourinho has previously worked with him at the Bernabeu and won a title, while defender Sergio Reguilon revealed that he has been on the phone with Ramos previously about a potential move to north London.

You can't rule it out, but you'd think Ramos will have richer and/or stronger options out there.

Suitability - 5/10

4. Juventus

A reunion with CR7?
A reunion with CR7? | Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Many thought Real Madrid were going to go through a dip when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus in a €100m deal in 2018, but Ramos helped lead Los Blancos to another La Liga title last season.

Juventus are known for doing excellent business in the transfer market when it comes to out of contract players, signing the likes of Paul Pogba, Aaron Ramsey, Adrian Rabiot and Dani Alves in the past. One last reunion between Ramos and CR7 in Turin to help the Old Lady win the Champions League?

It's not beyond the realms of possibility.

Suitability - 6/10

3. Staying at Real Madrid

The unofficial king of Spain
The unofficial king of Spain | JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

Lets get it right, the king of Spain when it comes to football is Sergio Ramos.

If fans had their way, he'd have a contract for life and would likely stay on after his career ended in some capacity.

Ramos has always stated his love for the club, is one of the best defenders of his generation and if an agreement can be found it would likely be the best option for all parties.

The problem is that the agreement seems far away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with Ramos' age, Madrid are wary of tying themselves in on another big deal.

It's possible they find a compromise between now and the end of the year, but right now it's potentially looking like the end of the road.

Suitability - 7/10

2. Manchester United

Could Ramos finally move to Old Trafford?
Could Ramos finally move to Old Trafford? | Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

The last time Ramos was in a contract dispute with Real Madrid, it was Manchester United that were close to bringing him in.

Louis van Gaal made it his priority to sign Ramos and the defender privately admitted that he would love to represent the Red Devils if he was to ever leave Madrid (or so it seemed - a bigger payday was always on the cards).

Ramos ended up agreeing a new deal, but an exit seems more likely this time.

United are still as desperate for a top-level centre half as they were back then and would allow him to slot in and take his place in the side without too many issues. They lack leadership, and leaders don't come much better than this guy.

Suitability - 8/10

1. Paris Saint-Germain

One last payday and a chance at more European glory? No brainer.
One last payday and a chance at more European glory? No brainer. | ANP Sport/Getty Images

Much like Manchester City, if a big name is available, PSG are almost always in the mix. The French champions aren't blessed with great depth in defence at the moment, either, so this one makes sense.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe remain at the club, and while some uncertainty remains over their contract situations and financial might if both stay, you can see this one happening.

PSG did just let Thiago Silva leave last season, and Ramos comes in with a similar profile. But Ramos has won quite a few Champions League titles, and this could be a real kicker to help PSG finally reach the promised land.

Suitability - 9/10


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