Should Manchester United go for Sergio Ramos in the summer?

Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos is ready to leave the club in the summer and prefers a move to Manchester United over Paris Saint-Germain.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos, 34, is out of contract at the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, with talks over an extension having stopped progressing in recent weeks. The Spanish international, who could end his 15-year stint at Real Madrid in the coming months, is now free to negotiate a pre-contract move to a non-Spanish club.

The defender has won 18 trophies at Santiago Bernabeu and played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s title win last campaign by scoring six goals in last 11 games. Ramos has endured injury problems this campaign, starting just 14 league games so far as Real lie third in the table.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want his Manchester United side to carry on the momentum from their 9-0 thrashing of Southampton with the consistent form at Old Trafford, starting with Saturday’s clash against Everton. The Red Devils, who have lost six home games this season, bounced back from the shock 2-1 defeat to rock-bottom side Sheffield United with an emphatic victory over Southampton earlier this week.

Manchester United look genuine title challengers this season and find themselves in such a promising position through a lot of hard work. Solskjaer’s side are second in the table, three points below league leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Nevertheless, there are still areas of the squad that need addressing ahead of 2021/22 campaign.

Man United need defensive reinforcements

The Red Devils have improved defensively to a certain extent with skipper Harry Maguire enjoying a good season after a shaky start. Maguire, 27, has played every single minute of Premier League football this season, demonstrating his incredible fitness levels and why he has been the go-to central defender for Solskjaer alongside Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof has been playing with a back injury for some time now, while Eric Bailly has performed very well when given opportunities this campaign. Apparently, Maguire looks more composed with Bailly as his partner at the back rather than Lindelof, but Bailly’s injury problems has seen Solskjaer carefully manage the Ivory Coast international’s game time.

Also with United still susceptible to conceding goals, especially from set-pieces, adding a top centre-half to the squad should be prioritised by Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.

Sergio Ramos could be a brilliant short-term addition

Under the tutelage of Solskjaer, United have improved the transfer policies on the unorganized approach of signing players. Solskjaer is re-building the United squad by focusing on young, hungry and talented players with high potential, which is a vibrant change on the mishmash approach of transfers in recent seasons. However, the Reds have shown by signing Edinson Cavani that age is no barrier and the Uruguayan has repaid the faith with five goals and two assists in 15 league games so far.

Sergio Ramos (R) of Real Madrid and Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid

Similarly, Ramos, who turns 35 in March, could be an impact signing for Solskjaer’s side that is yet to win a trophy. A vocal leader and brilliant organiser of the backline, he would certainly bring in tons of winning experience at Old Trafford. Even though the Spaniard is in the advancing years of his career, he is still one of the top centre-backs in the world and can be the perfect foil to Maguire.

All in all, Ramos would be a brilliant short-term addition to United’s defence and Solskjaer must definitely attempt to bring him in on a free transfer at Old Trafford.

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