Man Utd Submit Formal £28.6m Bid As World Class Star Demands Old Trafford Move
Man Utd have tabled a formal £28.6m bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos after the player told the Spanish giants he wants to move to Old Trafford
As the summer transfer window gets set to open for business, managers are working hard identifying targets and lining-up potential deals so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Man Utd have made their move for Sergio Ramos…
Manchester United have tabled a formal £28.6m bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos after the player told the Spanish giants he wants to move to Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports News.
Ramos has just completed his tenth season at Madrid and has enjoyed an illustrious career at that Bernabeu that’s seen him win 3 La Liga titles and 1 Champions League trophy.
However, the centre-back’s future has been questioned in recent weeks as talks over a new deal have stalled and speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford has been intensifying over the past week.
It appears United have now made their interest official as Sky Sports Spanish football expert Graham Hunter claims the Red Devils have submitted a £28.6m (€40m) offer after Ramos demanded to leave Madrid to join Louis van Gaal’s side.
Hunter suggests that the 29-year-old has categorically told the La Liga outfit that he wants to leave this summer and made it clear he is keen to be part of the rebuilding job at Old Trafford.
He’s quoted as saying by Sky Sports:
“Ramos has told Madrid directly that he is absolutely and completely committed to leaving the club this summer, that he specifically wants them to begin negotiations with Manchester United and that he doesn’t want them to negotiate with anybody except Manchester United.
“People have been questioning Sergio Ramos’ intentions, whether Manchester United [are] being used as was the case a couple of summers ago when Cesc Fàbregas looked like he might be available to David Moyes.
“But it is a very firm display of intention from Manchester United. In Ramos they want someone who will form part of a firm spine of the team, who knows how to win, who has experience of winning, adding character and talent to what we saw was a regeneration under Louis van Gaal last season.
“Ramos is the focal point of that development and that’s why they have made the bid. Real Madrid can be under no illusions that Ramos wants to go to Manchester United and he expects them to comply.
“He feels slighted by the renegotiation of other players’ contracts around him when he’s coming to that age when this new contract will be the high point of what remains of his career.”
“He will also be unhappy with the way the club did not dismiss the story that he had been offered to Barcelona. There is a lack of communication between the single most important man at Madrid in president Florentino Perez and Ramos – a captain, fan favourite and leader.
“Ramos is a bold and brave footballer and that is echoed in his character. He believes the bid matches his current value.
“He looks at the project to rebuild Manchester United, to make it great again, and he wants to be part of it.”
If true, this is sensational news for United as Ramos is a world class defender that van Gaal could build his defence around next season.
Obviously there is still a long way to go before the Spanish international is a United player but if he has demanded to leave and move to Old Trafford, then it will be extremely difficult for Madrid to keep hold of him.
He does still have two years left to run on his contract, so theoretically Madrid could force him to see-out those remaining two years, but it would be a bold move to keep a player against his will as he could become disruptive force within the squad.
If United could pull this off and take Ramos to Manchester this summer it would not only be a major coup for the club, but it would also be a huge statement of intent from van Gaal as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for top honours next season.
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However, I’m sure fans will be concerned that if Madrid do agree to do business for the defender, they will want David De Gea as part of any deal, but we’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming days.