Despite reported offers from Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester City, Sergio Ramos favored a move to PSG instead.
Paris Saint-Germain confirmed the signing of free agent Sergio Ramos on a two-year deal on Thursday.
The former Real Madrid captain put pen-to-paper on a deal worth €15 million per season, including a €3m annual bonus, until 2023. He made PSG a priority following lengthy negotiations between the club and his brother and agent, Rene. It turns out, though, Paris was just one option.
According to Goal, Arsenal and Manchester City fancied their chances of luring Ramos to the Premier League. Both sides made tempting offers, but they got turned down in favor of PSG.
No Champions League football cost Arsenal
Out of the above three-mentioned clubs, Arsenal were always the outsiders in this race. The Gunners, who last played in the Champions League back in 2017, failed to qualify for Europe last season. They could only muster an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and ended up trophyless.
Nonetheless, Mikel Arteta’s side still launched a daring bid for Ramos. It’s claimed Arsenal’s two-year offer, worth €17 million per season, had ‘intrigued’ the Spaniard’s entourage.
No Champions League football, however, made them a no go for Ramos.
Arsenal, who have lost their most experienced defender David Luiz this summer, are heavily linked with a move for Brighton star Ben White.
Manchester City unable to compete with PSG
Pep Guardiola’s side also reportedly sent a two-year offer to Ramos’ representatives.
The 35-year-old would’ve spent the next two campaigns in the Premier League before heading to the MLS in 2023 for a further three seasons with sister club New York City.
But the prospect of joining PSG was allegedly too good for Ramos to turn down.