Manchester United will offer €30 million plus David de Gea in order to land Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.
Rumours have been rife in recent days that Ramos is keen on a move to Old Trafford after growing unhappy at Madrid. The 29-year-old has two years left to run on his current contract which contains a release clause worth around €180 million, and is said to be upset that he's yet to be offered new terms.
Manchester United and Real Madrid have been locked in talks for some time over a deal for goalkeeper David de Gea, who is out of contract next year and has rejected to sign a new deal worth around £200,000-per-week to seek a move back to Spain.
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The two teams are yet to agree a fee with the Red Devils believed to be holding out for close to £30 million while the Spanish giants have had an £18 million offer turned down - but now the potential availability of Ramos has put the cat amongst the pigeons.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester United will put together an offer of €30 million plus De Gea in order to lure the former Sevilla man to England. Madrid are believed to value Ramos at around €65 million, which would put De Gea's value at around €35 million - or roughy £28 million - although AS put the value of the overall deal at around €75 million.
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That would represent one of the largest sales in Real Madrid's history - only behind the £59.7 million the recouped for Angel di Maria when he joined Manchester United last year.
The Daily Mail reported yesterday that a deal for Ramos could be close and that the player is learning English in anticipation of a move. If the Spanish international does sign on the dotted line he is likely to be one of a host of new arrivals at Old Trafford.
Boss Louis van Gaal guided the club to Champions League qualification last summer and will reportedly splash more than £150 million to bring in the likes of Ramos, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Harry Kane.
There is not a single Manchester United fan who will be happy with the idea of paying Real Madrid in order to take De Gea off the clubs hands.
It's true that Van Gaal lacks any real leverage given that De Gea is out of contract and will walk away for nothing next year, however the possibility of having to fork over cash to ensure the departure of one of the best 'keepers in the world leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
Ramos is a super defender but is a hot-head and at 29 won't exactly have much sell-on value. Van Gaal is playing with fire and the fans won't like it.