Rumours about a potential move of Sergio Ramos to Man City, has gotten fans drooling, as they fantasize about him wearing the Club Jersey and possibly kissing the badge. Well, who wouldn’t? According to the reports, Manchester City are ready to topple his 10 million euros per year salary in the hope of convincing the Spanish to move to England the blue side of Manchester to be precise. The 28 year old Spanish international has been a stalwart in the heart of the Real Madrid defense. He is a world cup winner, he was the savior of Madrid during their Champions League Final match against Atletico Madrid on the 24th of May 2014. He has won numerous individual awards such as La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year 2005, La Liga Best Defender for the 2012-2013 season among several awards. All at a young age and he is seen as being in his peak presently.
Man City certainly can afford him; however, is such a move wise? For long, City has been searching for a formidable partner for their defensive lynchpin Vincent Kompany, and Sergio Ramos certainly fits the bill. Both are physical strong, being able to break down attacks and press from deep, distributing passes. Also they are always up for an aerial duel. In trying to find a formidable partner, City have tried out the likes of Joleen Lescot, Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis. Each of the afore mentioned players have not been the answer, with Demichelis just rising up to the task.
This prompted the purchase of Eliaquim Mangala for about 32 million pounds by Pellegrini during the off season. The 23 year old man was bought from Porto where he had established himself as a star for the present and future. Therefore Man City moving for Sergio Ramos is certainly not the right move. Yes, Ramos will bring with him experience, however, he is ageing and in a few years will experience decline and retire, not so for Mangala, who is five years younger and who still has more than a decade ahead. Also Mangala represents a shrewd bargain and investment from City, as seen during his debut match against Chelsea. He and Kompany looked like a couple that had being together for a couple of years, and their communication on pitch was great.
Ramos would of course be welcome, but seeing that City have already gotten an emerging talent in the form of Mangala, it would be wise that City stick with him. Also, there is no way that Madrid would sell him as he is a fans favourite and a club hero. Also, it wouldn’t be prudent on the part of City to attempt to sign Ramos, as they are facing sanctions over their FFP status from UEFA, and as such cannot spend above 49 million pounds. As it currently stands they have spent almost that during this past transfer window and their area of interest is in strengthening their midfield, with Paul Pogba being touted as their next big signing. Therefore they can’t afford to fall foul of the FFP sanctions imposed on them. But wouldn’t it be a sight to behold, seeing Ramos wear a City jersey and turn out for City!