Sergio Ramos’ departure from Real Madrid was made official last night, with the Spainiard running out his contract and failing to reach an agreement for an extension with his club. Naturally, questions are being raised as to where he will transfer to this summer. I, for one, believe Bayern Munich should try to sign him in this window.
Ramos is one of the best center-backs in the world, if not the best. Although his past season has been plagued with injuries, he has shown world class defending even at the ripe old age of 35. He would be a fine addition to any defense in the world. His sheer experience and skill brings stability to the team, and considering the defensive deficiencies Bayern have struggled through this past season, someone like Ramos would be a great asset.
Bayern has already lost three important veterans this summer in the form of Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, and David Alaba. All of a sudden, Bayern’s defense has been shorn of experience. The skill is there in the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Niklas Sule, and new acquisition Dayot Upamecano, but who will anchor the backline down with veteran presence? Ramos could play that role well. Experience is vital in any defensive line, Boateng and Alaba have proven that time and time again, and if there is anyone that can fill that hole, it’s Ramos.
What’s more, if Julian Nagelsmann is indeed serious about incorporating his signature back three at Bayern, he will need more center-backs. Like it or not, Bayern will have to look to sign at least one or two more defenders this summer, especially in light of the departure of the aforementioned trio. Why not solve the defensive personnel issue with someone who can bring a truckload of defensive experience along with him?
Ramos is also a clutch player. Not only is he an excellent defender, but he’s also scored a large amount of very important goals. In fact, Ramos has won Real Madrid two Champions Leagues, a UEFA Super Cup, and a Club World Cup through his goals alone. At the very least, his goalscoring prowess may be a key to improving Bayern’s horrendous set pieces. Having another attacking threat added to an already star-studded offensive line would be something to look forward to.
Most importantly, Ramos is available on a free, and it would be imprudent to pass up an opportunity to get a defender of his caliber for nothing. COVID-19 has already financially strained Bayern to the point that they cannot expect any big signings in the upcoming window. The last time Bayern signed a big player for free was back in 2014, when they signed Robert Lewandowski. Seven trophy-laden years later, it turned out to be one of the best signings of Bayern’s history.
Of course, there are a lot of drawbacks to signing Ramos as well. Possibly high wages, language barriers, attitude problems, age, etc. But if we’re looking at a stopgap player who can just provide a bit of stability for the next two years or so, there would be no better choice than Ramos. Xabi Alonso was able to provide a lot for Bayern in the final years of his career. What’s to say Ramos can’t do the same?
What do you think? Should Bayern Munich try to sign Sergio Ramos?