Real Madrid ‘join rivals Barcelona in race for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia as potential replacement for Sergio Ramos… with Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba also on shortlist should captain decide against contract renewal’
- Real Madrid are sizing up replacements for club legend defender Sergio Ramos
- Manchester City’s Eric Garcia and Villarreal’s Pau Torres are on Madrid’s wishlist
- Ramos’s contract ends on June 30 and his demands for renewal are problematic
- Bayern Munich’s David Alaba also on Madrid’s shortlist as a third back-up option
Garcia is on Madrid’s wishlist alongside Villarreal’s Pau Torres, another youngster who has impressed during his time in LaLiga. The plans come as Madrid prepare for the prospect of Ramos not signing a contract extension next year.
Ramos’s contract ends on June 30 and he is at loggerheads with the Madrid management over his wage and contract length demands, according to Diario Sport.
Real Madrid are ready to fight Barcelona for the signature of Manchester City’s Eric Garcia
Madrid are making contingency plans should club legend Sergio Ramos refuse a new contract
Should he leave the Santiago Bernabeu after 16 years, more than 650 appearances and an astonishing 100 club goals as a defender, then Madrid will need to have a replacement ready to go. PSG are reportedly interested in Ramos.
Garcia is one of the hottest defensive properties on the market, with Barcelona making no secret of their desire to bring the former academy star back to the Nou Camp.
The 19-year-old Spain international appeared destined to return, having refused to sign a new contract at City and Barcelona having made numerous bids for him this summer, all of which were rejected.
But faced with the prospect of losing him for free and the end of the season, City may be persuaded by a potential final Barcelona bid of £7million for Garcia in January. His extremely close ties to the Catalan giants may make Madrid less sure of gazumping their old rivals.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres (centre) is reportedly top of Real Madrid’s central defender wishlist
Madrid are also looking at Bayern Munich’s David Alaba if they fail to sign Garcia or Torres
As such Torres is said to be higher on Madrid’s wishlist. The 23-year-old, also capped for Spain, has a reported €50million (£45m) release clause but Madrid have a good relationship with Villarreal and may stand a better chance of signing him than Garcia.
If neither defender is available, Madrid also have Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as a third choice in their sights. The Austrian international is at am impasse with Bayern over a new contract, meaning he could be signed for free next summer.
However, the sticking point in his contract dealings is his salary demands, which the German champions have deemed too high. But Bayern have insisted Alaba will not be sold in January, despite the risk of losing him for nothing at the end of the season.