Another signing in the books, hopefully the next one isn’t too far away.
Birmingham City have announced the signing of 19-year-old goalkeeper Moha Ramos from Real Madrid. The stopper joins on an initial loan deal, however the club does have the option to buy the player outright further down the line.
The wording of the deal is what intrigues me the most though. ‘Loan with an option to buy’.
When I’ve spoken about Ramos previously and the goalkeeping situation, I did so under the impression that Ramos was going to be a permanent signing and just kept to one side ready to enter the fray next season when David Stockdale and Lee Camp’s contracts expired.
However this changes what I think is going to happen. I think he is going to go into the season as number one. This year will be his chance to prove his worth, and if things go well then they’ll activate the relevant clause and make the deal permanent, allowing Camp and Stockdale to depart on free transfers next summer.
If things aren’t going too well though, in the same way the likes of Heurelho Gomes and David De Gea struggled to adapt to English football when they first arrived, then he can simply return to Madrid and the club can address the position again. This will be done with the knowledge that the club has two experienced backups, although one is more capable than the other at this level, in Camp & Stockdale to pick up the pieces should he need to be taken out of the firing line. They could even extend one of the contracts during the season if they feel it’s necessary.
The club isn’t exactly bereft when it comes to the goalkeeping department either with Connal Trueman having recently signed a new deal at the club. So it’s not as if this is a make or break deal for the club will that will set them back years if it doesn’t work out.
It’s almost as if it’s a ‘try before you buy’ situation, and overall is a stroke of genius by the club. There’s very little risk to it, and if things do go well, then they can get themselves the goalkeeper of the future for next to nothing.
Although the second he starts to show his worth, they need to do the business quickly. He’s currently valued at £45k, but a few good performances and that value will skyrocket.