For the past few months it has appeared increasingly likely that Manchester United and Real Madrid would exchange some significant transfer business before the close of the window, with David de Gea seemingly edging towards the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, De Gea's proposed move from Manchester to Madrid may not be the only agreement between these two giants before the summer is out, with Louis van Gaal now supposedly making moves of his own.
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Sergio Ramos is the name to have emerged as a target for Manchester United, who once more have vast reserves to spend on player acquisition, and the 20-time English champions have been linked with an enormous offer for the Spaniard.
£35 million is the touted figure for Ramos - a sizable one considering he will turn 30 on his next birthday - but there is little doubting the defender is among the elite performers in his position, and has been for a number of years.
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This transfer could take place given the ever growing rift between Ramos his current employers with the centre-back and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez having endured an apparent fallout over a proposed new contract - or lack thereof - for the player.
But would it make sense for Manchester United? The fee and the weekly wages - which would surely be six figures - amount to a very expensive deal indeed for any player, but even more so given the stage of Ramos' career. But money would appear to be little concern for United these days.
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Central defence has been an area identified as a priority for reinforcement ever since Van Gaal arrived at Old Trafford and he had always been expected to recruit someone of stature and experience to work alongside the players currently at his disposal.
However, is it still a requirement to go all out for a player such as Ramos? Given the faith Van Gaal showed in Chris Smalling and Phil Jones last season, it would seem to contradict the Dutchman's consistent belief in youth to replace either of these two with such a marquee name.
Either way, this is an intriguing transfer story that will have Manchester United supporters refreshing their Twitter feeds for weeks to come. Will it happen? Should it happen? We shall have to wait and see.
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