Sergio Ramos is in advanced talks to return to Sevilla.
Ramos, 37, has been a free agent since his contract with Paris Saint-Germain terminated in July.
According to insiders, the former Real Madrid center-back drew attention from Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad, Galatasaray, FC Porto, and MLS, but has chosen Sevilla because he wanted to stay near to home.
Sevilla, whose LaLiga match against Atletico Madrid was postponed on Sunday on the suggestion of local authorities due to heavy rain, is expected to finalize the agreement in the coming hours.
Last month, club president Pepe Castro appeared to rule out a move for Ramos, stating the defender had “never been an option” and that he had been offered to the club “directly and indirectly.”
Sevilla, the Europa League champion from May. They are currently last in the rankings after losing all three of its opening LaLiga games.
Sergio Ramos: Return to Seville
Ramos began his career with Sevilla before joining Real Madrid in September 2005. He was born in Camas, a hamlet near Seville.
He spent 16 years with Real Madrid before moving on a free transfer to PSG in July 2021. During that time, he became club captain, won four Champions Leagues and five LaLiga championships.
He scored in the club’s most illustrious occasion in history, the 2014 Champions League final, as well.
Ramos departed PSG this summer after an injury-plagued first season and a more impressive second season, and has since been pondering his options.
The former Spain captain announced his retirement from international football in February, two years after his last appearance. He made the decision after learning that he was no longer in coach Luis de la Fuente’s plans.
Ramos was a vital member of Spain’s teams that won three consecutive international competitions between 2008 and 2012, including the World Cup.