Sergio Ramos is getting closer to 34, and Real Madrid are already thinking of their possible successor. AS Saint-Etienne's central defender, William Saliba, is one of the tracks explored by the White House.
In June, Saliba will fly to London.
In 45 days, Sergio Ramos (33) will celebrate his 34th birthday. Admittedly, the central defender and captain of Real Madrid still displays an exceptional level, but its leaders are already beginning to reflect on his succession.
Once the Spaniard says stop, someone will be needed to accompany Raphal Varane (26): four players are currently in the running according to OK Diario, but only one of them will be the happy read.
Salisu, a transfer between friends?
Among the cities, we find a French player. But the three-color track also seems to be the most complicated to achieve: it leads to the central defender of AS Saint-Etienne, William Saliba (18), bought last summer by Arsenal for 30 M € and ready to the Greens until 'next June. Under contract with the Gunners until 2024, the native of Bondy should not be sought immediately, but Zindine Zidane keeps an eye on him.
No Saliba next summer, then. But with the expected departure of Nacho (30 years), it will be necessary to recruit this position. According to the Spanish media, the White House should thus activate on Mohammed Salisu (20 years), revelation of the season in La Liga with Valladolid, a club which belongs to… Ronaldo, former legend of Real (2002-2007). Among friends, the case could be settled around 12 M €, a trifle for President Florentino Perez.
Two other tracks made in Ligue 1
Two other tracks made in Ligue 1 are under study. The first is a former FC Nantes player, who has also appeared in Spain this season with FC Sville: Diego Carlos (26). The Brazilian is indisputable holder in Andalusia, but his departure clause of € 75 million could curb the ardor of Madrid. His compatriot from Lille, Gabriel (22), is also in the sights of Real.
Last candidate? Ruben Dias (22), who had nearly landed Olympique Lyonnais in 2018. The Portuguese central defender had finally stayed on the side of Benfica, where he maintained an excellent level. He would have many supporters in Madrid, especially because of his professionalism, a quality that could not be more necessary when you want to succeed a player of the caliber of Sergio Ramos.
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