Why PSG is (already) spending 80 million euros on the purchase option on Gonçalo Ramos, who has barely scored twice and is not a starter

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PSG has announced that it has the purchase option on Benfica loanee Gonçalo Ramos, making him a permanent fixture until June 2028. However, the Portuguese striker is not a basic player and only managed to score twice.

According to media reports, PSG will transfer around 80 million euros (65 million euros fixed plus 15 million euros in bonuses) to the Portuguese champions. In France, Ramos did not start well and was only able to score twice in fifteen games. His last goal dates from September 24. Moreover, he is currently losing the competition with French international Randal Kolo Muani, who came from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer for 95 million euros.

The local newspaper Le Parisien explains why PSG has (already) selected the purchase option for the Portuguese: “His first months may be mixed in terms of statistics (2 goals and 1 assist), Ramos does enjoy the confidence of coach Luis Enrique and the sporting cell because of its qualities and personality. He is well liked, works hard and they see him as a valuable profile within the club in the long term.”

“The fact that PSG is already exercising the purchase option also reflects the healthy financial situation of the club. When they signed the player last summer, it was on loan to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. But during the summer mercato the club was able to make a number of good outgoing transactions, which means they now have sufficient financial reserves.”

PSG saw two big earners leave last summer, Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi, and managed to sell Neymar, another big earner, for 90 million euros. They can now spend that money on Ramos.

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Ramos went through the youth ranks at Benfica and also made his professional debut there in 2020. With two goals in a handful of minutes during his very first match, he immediately achieved fame at the Portuguese top club. Ultimately, Ramos played 106 games for Benfica’s first team. He scored 41 times.

Portuguese national coach Fernando Santos took him to last year’s World Cup in Qatar. The young striker left a great impression there, including a hat-trick against Switzerland in the eighth finals.

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