Manchester United will have to make Sergio Ramos the joint highest earner at the club alongside Wayne Rooney if he is to join from Real Madrid this summer, reports The Mail.
The Spanish centre-back is unhappy with his situation at Real Madrid and appears to be using Manchester United in order to force his current club into extending his contract.
But it appears there have at least been some sort of contact between representatives of Ramos and Old Trafford officials. During that contact some big shot agent apparently told Manchester United that Ramos wants a hefty pay packet to move to what he probably deems as a lesser club.
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The 29-year-old wants £260,000-a-week at Manchester United, which will reportedly put him on a level playing field with Rooney.
No one at the club currently earns more than the England international who, in turn, will probably demand to be paid £261,000-a-week to reinstate his prestige over those less-worthy footballers.
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A pay rise
Such a demand makes sense as Ramos is already the best paid centre-back in world football. Spain's more forgiving tax law allows the Spain international to earn €8 million-a-year net. That equates to over £10.7m here in Britain.
But Ramos wants an even bigger pay cheque to move to Manchester United and has demanded the equivalent of €10m net, meaning Louis van Gaal would have to convince the Glazer family to pay a single employee £13.5m-per-annum.
For those of you wondering, that is an insane amount of money but is certainly within the realms of what Manchester United are able to pay for their star players.
Radamel Falcao, who has since left, of course, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria are all rumoured to be earning, or have earned, around £250,000-a-week.
Oh, Manchester United, you poor thing
It is becoming quite evident that Ramos is simply using interest from Manchester United to try to either accelerate contract talks with Real Madrid or force his current club to offer him more money.
With Manchester United ready to offer huge deals on demand, any world-class player can coax them into doing so and then tell their current club to match the offer. Classic move.
Why Ramos, as the best paid defender in the world, feels the need to do this is well beyond me. Having already won everything European football has to offer maybe he is simply bored with not wanting for anything. Maybe he genuinely needs a pay rise to cope with the rising cost of living in Spain's capital.
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