SERGIO RAMOS turned his back on a megabucks Arsenal switch and an Etihad free transfer to seal a stunning move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Real Madrid hero became a transfer target for a host of elite European sides after leaving the Bernabeu after the end of his final contract with the club.
And Goal reports Premie League champions City and the Gunners were the two top-flight English sides vying for the centre-back’s signature with rivals around the continent.
However, the former LaLiga ace, 35, is reported to have seen the offer from reigning Ligue One champs as one too good to turn down.
It is claimed PSG were willing to agree to his desired deal of £10.3m per season with bonuses boosting his earnings to £13m.
This is despite Arsenal – who registered their lowest Premier League finish last season – reportedly offering the veteran a £15m-a-year two-year deal.
And Goal claims while Ramos’ representatives were considering the Emirates giants’ offer, missing out on Champions League football was a sticking point for the player.
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After signing his contract with the French title winners Ramos said: “It is a big change in my life, a new challenge and a day that I will never forget.
“I am proud to be part of this very ambitious project, to join a team with great players.
“It's a club that has already proven at the highest level with solid foundations.
“I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain.
"I want to continue to grow with Paris and help the team work to win titles.”
Goal claims City’s package for the Spain star would have run until 2023 with the player going on to play for MLS juggernauts New York City for three years.
The US outfit and Pep Guardiola’s side share the same owners.
However, it is reported Ramos had declined their bid too with his heart set on a move to France.
Ramos, who has 180 Spain international caps, was left out of his national side’s Euros squad after battling with injuries in the 2020-21 LaLiga season.
The centre-back missed 21 top-flight games for Madrid last term due to knocks and muscle and knee problems including a torn meniscus.
Ramos, who moved to Madrid from Sevilla at 19 in 2005, won 22 major trophies with the LaLiga giants.
Silverware wins include four Spanish top tier titles, four Champions League medals and four Club World Cups.
It is reported the player departed the Bernabeu new terms could not be agreed with officials
It is thought the club wanted to reduce Ramos wages which were £10m a season and were only willing to offer a one-year contract extension.
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