An update has emerged regarding Arsenal’s interest in free agent defender Sergio Ramos.
According to Goal.com, the Gunners have been keeping tabs on his situation as they weigh up a swoop for the centre-back, who has recently left Real Madrid and is now a free agent ahead of next season.
The report claims that Ramos is keen on sealing a switch to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, but he is also open to moving to the Premier League. Chelsea and Arsenal are named as the two English clubs showing an interest in the Spaniard’s services.
Arsenal sporting director Edu must avoid making a grave error with Ramos. The Brazilian should abandon any attempts to bring him to the Emirates Stadium and pursue other options to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad throughout the remainder of the transfer window.
His wages are a major concern. According to Le10Sport and Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, Ramos wants a £13.7m-per-season (€16m) contract and a signing-on bonus worth £17m (€20m) following his departure from Real Madrid. This equates to roughly £260,000 per week of a package coming to roughly £44.2m in total in a two-year deal should Arsenal go through with any potential move.
That would make him Arsenal’s top earner and one of only three players earning more than £200,000 per week at the club. Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£250,000-a-week each) would be the only current Gunners close to the Spaniard’s pay packet, so the money it would take to land the centre-back would be astronomical and make him – in monetary terms – the club’s most important player.
Arsenal would not get value for money out of the deal due to Ramos’ age and recent injury woes. Since the start of the 2020/21 campaign, the former Sevilla man has been out for eight separate spells due to injury or illness, restricting him to 15 appearances in La Liga in that time. This suggests that the north Londoners could be taking a huge risk with him as he may not be able to feature in many games next season.
Former AC Milan and Italy defender Paolo Maldini once hailed the enforcer as being “powerful” and quick, praising him as one of the best defenders in the world, saying: “He is young and has everything to become my heir. He is quick, powerful and has technique. He is young and has plenty of time ahead of him.
“I’d say yes, Ramos is the best defender in the world, not just this season but for the past years.”
This shows why Arsenal may be interested in him and why Ramos has been able to maintain his place at Real Madrid for so many years. However, he is 35 now and is coming towards the end of his career, which means that he may not have much of that quality left to give, while his injury record in recent months is frightening. This is why Arsenal must avoid making a mistake by bringing him in on high wages this summer.
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