Ian McGarry: Manchester United have made an approach for Sergio Ramos
The veteran defender’s contract is up in the summer and he is unwilling to sign the fresh one-year deal offered to him.
It is not the first time that United have been linked with Ramos. The Spaniard was on the club’s radar during Louis van Gaal’s reign in 2015. (h/t The Daily Star)
Soon to be 35, Ramos continues to be the lynchpin of the Real Madrid rearguard. The player’s agent and brother Rene has already informed the Spaniards that United are ready to swoop for the defender in the summer.
“Sergio’s brother has told them (Madrid) that Manchester United have been in contact.”
As seen with Edinson Cavani, Ramos would add experience and could be an excellent short-term addition in the grand scheme of things.
There is also the possibility that we are being dragged into the conversation to force Real’s hand into giving him better terms. At his age, he still has it in him to get one last lucrative long-term contract.
A game of poker?
McGarry has suggested that this could just be a case of the defender playing games with Florentino Perez. It remains to be seen if the Real honcho will blink first and accede to the player’s demands.
Ramos’ wife Pilar Rubio, who works as a reporter and TV presenter, is already established in Madrid. She is not keen to give it all up and move to a new city were that to happen. (h/t The Daily Star)
Given his wife’s preferences, it does not make sense for Ramos to move to another country at this juncture. He is assured of legendary status at Real and has served the club faithfully for 16 years.
United may well have an interest in the player. However, how serious it is remains to be seen.
“Manchester United may well have an interest in Sergio Ramos,. Remember they did have interest in him the last time he was out of a contract.”
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If it goes through, the deal for Ramos will indeed help boost our backline. However, it will be nothing more than a stop-gap.
With the likes of Dayot Upamecano set to be on the market this summer, United are better off looking elsewhere. The last thing we need is to be used as a pawn in contract negotiations.