Earlier this month it was reported by ESPN that Manchester City are reportedly one of the sides interested in signing Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos this summer, and his potential arrival would surely be bad news for Aymeric Laporte.
Whilst Ramos will turn 35 later this year, the report from ESPN suggests that City feel he is still capable of performing at the highest level, so if he were to be signed, you would imagine that he would be a regular in Guardiola’s first-team.
The former Sevilla man would bring a wealth of experience with him to the Etihad, having made 666 appearances for Real Madrid in his career, scoring an incredible 100 goals from defence.
He has also won four Champions League trophies, as well as the World Cup and he could help Guardiola’s side succeed in Europe, something they have struggled with in recent years, despite dominating domestically at times.
His arrival, therefore, could spell trouble for the out-of-favour Aymeric Laporte, with the Frenchman currently struggling for game time with the Citizens.
Summer signing Ruben Dias and John Stones have formed a superb partnership in the heart of City’s defence of late, meaning the former Athletic Bilbao man has been forced to make do with a place on the bench.
Nathan Ake’s summer arrival only increases the competition at centre-back, so the signing of Ramos could well be the catalyst to bring Laporte’s City career to an end, as it could cause him to slip further down the pecking order and demand a transfer away as a result.
Spanish manager Luis Enrique was full of praise for the legendary centre-back last year, saying:
“Sergio is unique. He is on a different level.”
Therefore, whilst City’s defence has been impressive of late, director of football Txiki Begiristain must surely consider bringing in Ramos on a free transfer, as the £12.6 million rated man could take Guardiola’s side to another level.
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