Real Madrid center-back Sergio Ramos has entered the final six months of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and is now free to speak to other clubs during a summer transfer.
Real have worked tirelessly for what seems like an eternity to try to tie the Spain international to a new deal, but unlike Luka Modric, talks have barely progressed and both sides are at an impasse.
Ramos’ wage demands prove problematic
With the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak still being felt, Los Blancos have asked their players to agree to a 10% pay cut to help the club stay afloat, but Cadena SER believes Ramos is not very happy about it.
It is claimed that Ramos wants to keep his salary of € 15million per year and is not ready to accept a pay cut, and as Real is not financially able to come up with such a deal, the talks have hit a rock bottom. another brick wall.
Ramos is also pushing for a two-year extension, as Madrid are only willing to offer him a 1 + 1 deal if he wants to keep his current salary, which would give them the freedom to leave Ramos in the summer. 2022 if they no longer feel that it justifies the money.
Ramos “ready” to listen to other offers
While most reports find it hard to imagine Ramos playing for another team, El Chiringuito’s Josep Pedrerol thinks that may not be out of the question anymore.
Ramos is claimed to have held a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with Real president Florentino Perez ahead of the recent 1-1 draw with Elche, in which Ramos respectfully emphasized that he would not accept their contract offer and he is now ready to do so. listen to offers elsewhere.
Pederol even goes so far as to say Ramos has been contacted by Paris Saint-Germain, who have made it clear their intention to sign both center-back and Lionel Messi from Barcelona at the end of the season.
Whimsical but worrying nonetheless.
Pep Guardiola surveillance situation
If Ramos is ready to start listening to other offers, he just might get one from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
ESPN say the city boss is watching Ramos’ situation closely, with Guardiola being open to bringing the 34-year-old on a free transfer to give his team additional leadership at the back.
Guardiola is not alone, however, as sources have confirmed. 90 mins in November that the rest of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ also expressed an interest in Ramos.
Dani Ceballos verdict
Arsenal on loan Dani Ceballos has revealed to El Larguero that he spoke with Ramos and felt the defender wanted to stay with Real.
“I spoke with Ramos today and if I had to bet I would say he renews with Real Madrid,” he said. “I think he wants to end his career there.”
David Alaba talks about stalling
Real are keen to bring in David Alaba from Bayern Munich for a free transfer this summer, and while he is not specifically seen as a Ramos replacement, it is recognized that the Austrian could end up taking his place at the Bernabeu.
The problem with a move for Alaba is the Bayern man’s salary. Goal believes the talks have stalled because Alaba is asking to become Real Madrid’s highest first team winner – something Los Blancos are currently unable to offer.
It was recently revealed by Marca that Barcelona were forced to withdraw from talks with Alaba due to their financial demands, but unlike their rivals, Real are not giving up yet and they are still considered the favorites to get a agreement on the line. .
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