Sergio Ramos' contract renewal at Real Madrid is till up in the air. His deal expires on June 30 and Madrid are aware it will be difficult to get convince him to pen new terms due to his demands over the length of the contract, while his salary request in the current climate is also too high.
For that reason, they're working on a succession plan in the even that Ramos, who will turn 35 in March, does not extend his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu. According to Bernabeu Digital, Eric Garcia and Pau Torres are two of their top targets, in addition to Bayern Munich's David Alaba.
Ramos is playing his cards. Paris Saint-Germain are the leading candidates to sign him if he leaves for free next summer.
The French club are prepared to offer a blank cheque to tempt the Spain international, according to El Chiringuito. They would offer a two-year deal, something Madrid are not currently prepared to commit to.
GARCIA & TORRES
Garcia and Torres are two options that fit the profile Madrid would want to replace him: young, with quality, top-level experience and already full internationals with Spain.
Torres tops the list. The Villarreal centre-back, 23, has a 50 million euro release clause although it's thought he could be available for 30 million. The two clubs have a good relationship.
Garcia, 19, is another option, although a more remote one given Barcelona's desire to resign the youngster from Manchester City. He is out of contract in the summer and available for free, so City would be willing to accept offers in January -- although they will not sell for cheap, as Barça found out in the summer.
Also on the list is Austrian international Alaba, 28, who is out of contract with Bayern next summer and available for free. However, like Ramos, he would command a big wage.