Sergio Ramos could be up for grabs after Real Madrid reportedly turned down a pay rise request.
Sergio Ramos is one of the current icons of the Real Madrid side, someone who has become commonly attached to the Spanish giants but someone who may now be forced to re-think his relationship with them.
The Sun has suggested that Ramos has asked for an improved contract at the Bernabeu, with a pay rise, and Real Madrid are reluctant to budge.
That’s created the idea that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will move for the 27-year-old but it’s another Premier League club, Arsenal, who should go all out to try and sign him.
The Gunners have one of the best defences in the Premier League, second to only Manchester City last season, and the addition of a top quality centre back to the current side will only enhance their title credentials and chances of winning silverware.
Ramos would also surely find the move appealing because of the Mesut Ozil transfer, with the Spaniard one of the Real Madrid players to question the motives of the club in letting the German move to London.
“It's obvious that he is a special teammate and friend. I've always had a real 'feeling' with him, and it's a shame. He's a great footballer, unique. Ozil would be the very last player who I would sell from Real Madrid, if it was up to me,” said Ramos at the start of September.
Arsenal have the funds to go after a player of his calibre in terms of a transfer fee, they have a position for him in their side and they have a manager who could make him significantly better than he already is.
However, the main issue if Arsenal wanted to consider him is the financial side of what the deal would cost.
Wenger is very particular when it comes to the wage structure at Arsenal, preferring to have a little more control than other managers over how much a player is technically worth and should be paid.
That could be a recipe for disaster considering Ramos is one of the best paid stars at Real Madrid already and if the reports are true, he’s looking for an even bigger pay packet.
What seems more likely is this apparent issue Ramos has at Real Madrid won’t be resolved until at least the summer.
He’s already on a long deal with the club to 2017, which means they are not under any pressure to push forward with negotiations over a possible extension.
Considering he’s very much the current embodiment of the Real Madrid side, he’d surely at least give them the chance at the end of the season to improve his contract rather than walk away this winter.
It would be a real statement of intent if Arsenal managed to get him ahead of clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but also the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea who have previously been linked with him.
What do you think? Would Ramos be a good signing for the Gunners?
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