Juventus: Sergio Ramos is nothing more than a dream

Juventus have been linked to Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos, but Juventini should not get their hopes up.

At the end of the 2020-2021 season, Real Madrid center back Sergio Ramos‘ contract will expire, making him a free agent. Juventus are currently scouring the market for quality free agent pick-ups, similar to midfielders Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey in 2019. Rabiot has already become quite the signing for the Bianconeri.

So far, David Alaba is the biggest name linked to Juve and should be pursued hard. Another name worth considering? Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, so long as his demands aren’t exorbitant. 

But the most intriguing name is Ramos. Juventus, along with PSG, reportedly made a contract offer to the Whites’ No. 4. Both Juve and PSG have been linked continually in the month of November.

It’s honestly impossible to see a move happening. Ramos means even more to Real Madrid than Giorgio Chiellini does to Juventus. The man won three straight Champions League titles and rescued their title win over Atletico Madrid with his famous “92:48” header. He is widely regarded as one of the best center backs in history and has already scored 100 goals for Los Merengues.

So why would he risk his legacy to join Juventus or PSG?

Ramos’ case is entirely different from Cristiano Ronaldo’s. The man is the captain of Madrid and is expected to help the team shift to the new guard of players, which may include Kylian Mbappe, Eduardo Camavinga, and Erling Haaland as marquee signings in 2021 and 2022. Real rely on Ramos like nobody else, as their losses to Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League without him show.

Juve can’t offer Ramos more money than Real, and I highly doubt a marginal boost in wages is what Ramos is after or values the most. Aside from playing with Ronaldo again, I’m not sure what else would entice Ramos to make a move to Turin.

And from Juve’s perspective, a move wouldn’t make much sense either. It would be amazing to have a leader and superstar player like Ramos defensively, and he and Matthijs de Ligt could form the world’s best center back duo, much like Ramos and Raphael Varane have done.

Juve, however, already have Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. They are the captains of the team and the leaders at the back, working with the young guard of de Ligt and Demiral who will lead this team for years to come. Ramos simply takes up that space and wages, which Juventus need to allocate to a more versatile player like Alaba or a midfielder like Manuel Locatelli or maybe even Calhanoglu.

Ramos is one of the best players of his generation and is unequivocally the best among defenders. It’s not a bad thing that Juventus have shown interest in him, but he’s nothing more than Fabio Paratici’s dream. There are too many barriers to a deal, most specifically Ramos’ own likely desire to retire a Madridista.