Manchester City are monitoring the contract situation of Sergio Ramos with Real Madrid with interest in signing him as a free agent this summer should he become available.

Ramos has been free to negotiate with other clubs since Jan. 1.

Ramos will turn 35 in March but City's assessment is that he is still able to perform at the highest level and would be an "interesting" option to provide leadership and experience at the back.

Ramos would like a two-year extension, and Madrid are willing to accept that, making an exception to their usual one-year policy for over-30s.