The Spanish centre-back could very well be on his way out of Santiago Bernabeu after 16 seasons.
Considered as one of the best defenders of his generation, Sergio Ramos is surprisingly in the headlines, being linked with clubs all over the world. The intensity of the rumours has grown over time with some reliable sources strongly suggesting his departure at the end of this season – for free!
A few people close to the development believe that the impact of the Covid-19 crisis has crumbled the finances of Real Madrid. Some time ago, El Chiringuito reported that president Florentino Perez offered two options to the club captain, either to extend his contract with the same salary or to sign a different two-year deal with a 10% decrease.
The reaction of Sergio Ramos was indeed understandable as ESPN revealed the Spaniard was “offended.” Although there is still time for Real Madrid to strike a deal with him but in that other scenario, let us take a look at the clubs who can sign Sergio Ramos.
5. Inter Miami
Look at the names Inter Miami has already attracted, they have Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuain. Higuain, who played with Ramos for six years, could prove to be vital for this move. Added to it, the active part which his another former teammate, David Beckham, plays in recruiting players may also play a key role in getting Sergio Ramos on a flight to Miami.
Though knowing how much Ramos likes to fight and thrives under intense pressure, the move may not prove to be that legit at the age of 34 years. Less likely, but not completely impossible.
4. Inter Milan
It checks every box. Inter can comfortably match his salary demands and they can provide that system of football that would allow his ferocious side to dominate strikers. On his part, he fits in with what Antonio Conte demands. The experience at the back and the winning mentality could prove to be the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle that Inter is looking for.
With many clubs expected to be in the market in 2021 for defenders, Inter could lean towards Sergio Ramos as a short term fix should Milan Škriniar decides to leave.
We all saw what exactly Thiago Silva did at Chelsea. His composure on the ball and constant instructions made the London club to concede just 24 goals – joint second-lowest with Aston Villa in the Premier League after 24 game weeks. He has been the leader which Chelsea needed at the back. Ideally, Silva likes to operate from the centre of the three-man defence and getting Ramos on the left will give another dimension to Thomas Tuchel’s system.
Though the very possibility to see Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos together in a team is an ambitious take but anything is possible when it comes to Chelsea as they proved it in the summer transfer window of 2020.
2. Manchester United
The Red Devils have been struggling at the back lately. Although there have been some tight performances by the United defence but those are not enough. So what can they do? they can really take advantage of Sergio Ramos.
Take Thiago Silva’s precedent, getting in Sergio Ramos will take that fight for a starting position to Victor Lindelof and considering how Luke Shaw reacted to Alex Telles’ arrival, United must be keen do that. Money won’t be an issue with the club as they are known for having one of the costliest wage bills in the world.
Plus the solidarity that Ramos will bring along will also help players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Axel Tuanzebe to improve. Also, the presence of fellow national team goalkeeper, David de Gea, could be an added advantage.
1. Paris Saint-Germain
If you remember how Liverpool turned around their season in the 2017-18 campaign, you would certainly remember how the arrival of Virgil van Dijk impacted that. Similarly, if there’s one department where Paris Saint Germain is weaker than the rest, it would their defence. And PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has been vocal about the prospect of signing Sergio Ramos.
This is what the PSG manager said last month to Marca, “We will see in the coming months. Here, Ramos would find a great club with the obsession to always win. PSG are one of the biggest [clubs] in the world.”
With the midfielders and the forwards they currently have, the arrival of Sergio Ramos would certainly make them the favorites to win the treble in 2021-22 season.