KEY POINTS

  • Man City are looking to boost their center-back position 
  • They lost Eric Garcia to Barcelona this summer
  • Ramos is set to meet Real's president in the coming days

Manchester City are reportedly monitoring Sergio Ramos’s contract situation at Real Madrid ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Ramos, who will be out of contract from July 1, has not reached an agreement with Real Madrid about an extension. City, on the other hand, are planning to offer the Spaniard a two-year deal if he decides to leave Santiago Bernabeu side, multiple sources have told ESPN. International Business Times, however, could not verify it independently.

Guardiola’s City are on a lookout to boost their center-back position following the departure of Eric Garcia to FC Barcelona this summer. Garcia and Barcelona have reached an agreement that would see the local player remain at Camp Nou until 2026, according to Barcelona’s official website. The 20-year-old defender has a buy-out clause of $489 million.

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is believed to be an admirer of Ramos as he values the senior defender’s experience and leadership qualities. According to Guardiola, Ramos could play a Vincent Kompany-style role in the City squad.

The Etihad side lost the Champions League final recently against Chelsea, where City’s center-back pair was Ruben Dias and John Stones. Guardiola understands that Ramos’s presence in such high-profile games will only increase experience and competitiveness on his side, the ESPN report further stated.

The Premier League champions are looking to offer Ramos a contract based on the defender’s form and his own priorities. The two-year deal will also include an option of a third, which will depend on Ramos’s form or the alternative of a spell in Major League Soccer at City Football Group’s New York City FC in the U.S.

Deep in thought: Sergio Ramos digests Real Madrid's Champions League exit
Deep in thought: Sergio Ramos digests Real Madrid's Champions League exit AFP / Glyn KIRK

Manchester City’s analytics have suggested that 35-year-old Ramos’ physical performance is similar to that of a younger player and hence, the club is willing to offer him a two-year deal. While the Real Madrid skipper is aware of City’s interest, he still wants to meet Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez before making a final decision, the ESPN report revealed.

Meanwhile, Ramos had an injury-hit 2020-21 campaign, where he made just 15 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid, suffering a series of injuries that saw him left out of the Spain squad for Euro 2020 by coach Luis Enrique.

Ramos, who has been associated with Real Madrid since 2005, has played a total of 671 competitive matches for the club, scoring an incredible 101 goals. He has also won 22 trophies, including five La Ligas and four Champions Leagues titles.

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