The only close certainty seems to be that the player will be on his way this Summer with the destination still to be decided, either way it appears that Owen Coyle is already identified targets to replace the English man.
One of his potential targets is Ivan Ramis, who unfortunately for Bolton is also being tracked by a clutch of other clubs.
Ramis was born and raised in Majorca (and therefore is probably well aware of English people already!) and joined the youth academy at La Liga side RCD Mallorca, he eventually broke into their ‘b’ side in 2001 and made his debut for the first team in 2004 when he was 20. He has gone on to become a mainstay of the Mallorca back line and has become a target for numerous clubs around Europe.
At 6’2 Ramis is a strong and dominant defender, but he is also quite useful with the ball at his feet, he has demonstrated this on some occasions when he has played from a holding midfield position. However he is most comfortable at the heart of the defense and it is there that his skill set best suits the game.
Last Summer it was reported that Ramis was on the cusp of a move to Celtic who had faced competition from local rivals Rangers, however this deal never came to fruition. It would now appear though that Bolton are seriously considering life after Cahill and they have supposedly made Ramis their top target for this Summer.
The defender who would normally cost £8million might be available for as little as £5million as Mallorca need to bring in some money to help them financially, it is thought the low price has brought the player to the attention of other clubs such as Fulham, and it is suggested that the Glasgow sides may also reignite their interest.
Coyle is clearly being sensible in preparing his defense for next season, and whilst Ramis may not be the most glamorous defender, he will do a good job and with his stature he is well suited for Premier League football. There will be competition from other sides but Bolton are quite an attractive prospect these days and I can see this one coming off.
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