Manchester City Transfer Rumours: Why Sergio Ramos Would Be a Great Signing

Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2013

ALBACETE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15:  Sergio Ramos of Spain gives instructions to their teammates during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Georgia at Carlos Belmonte stadium on October 15, 2013 in Albacete, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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According to a recent report in the Mirror, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is interested in bringing Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos to the Etihad. Ramos is keen to secure a large pay rise at the Bernabeu, but the Madrid board is said to be balking at his demands.

Ramos is also thought to be frustrated at being asked to play out of position by manager Carlo Ancelotti this season. He sees himself exclusively as a centre-half yet has been in midfield and at right-back under the Italian. 

He has a release clause in his contract that can be triggered by a bid of £41 million. City was thought to be ready to test Madrid's resolve by launching a £32.5 million bid. 

ELCHE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 25: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF reacts as he fail to score during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on September 25, 2013 in Elche, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/G
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The deal has plenty of obstacles, so it is therefore unlikely to happen in January, but with City's need for defensive reinforcements becoming increasingly obvious the longer that Vincent Kompany is out injured, they would be interested if Ramos became available.

He is one of the finest defenders in Europe. He is strong defensively and brilliant on the ball and has played at the very top of the game throughout his career. He has 115 caps for Spain, winning a World Cup and two European Championships. In addition, he has played consistently for Real Madrid since his move from Sevilla in 2005, winning three La Liga titles in that time.

He also poses a threat going forward, having scored 35 goals during his time in Madrid. He's incredibly dangerous from set pieces. As a defender, he seems to relish his forays forward.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Sergio Ramos of Spain misses a penalty kick during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty
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The 27-year-old arguably has his best days ahead of him, and if the unrest reported in the Mirror does escalate into a transfer away from Madrid, plenty of sides would be willing to take him.

Paris Saint-Germain are unlikely to sit back and watch a player of his calibre leave without considering an offer, and the same surely goes for Chelsea, who also appear to be in need of a top-class centre-back. 

However, the Mirror article suggests City are willing to offer Ramos a £7.2 million annual salary, which seems totally at odds with their summer transfer policy that saw players come in on relatively low contracts compared to previous recruits.

Bringing Ramos to City would be complex and expensive. A deal seems unlikely in the very near future, but if his contract demands do lead to a move, City should make their interest known. He's a superb defender who has proved his quality over many years at the highest level.

With City looking like a side in need of one more quality centre-back, Ramos may be the perfect answer.


Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @TypicalCity.