Manchester United are readying a second bid for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, with both parties keen to resolve the centre-back’s currently uncertain future by July 11.
According to reports relayed by the Daily Mail Los Blancos boss Rafael Benitez wants the Ramos situation cleared up beyond all doubt by the time first-team players return on the 11th of next month for their pre-season tour of Australia and China.
That’s a stance echoed by United, who no doubt want to tie up the majority of their summer transfer business as soon as possible.
Ramos was identified as a potential target weeks ago, and the fact that he has reportedly made clear his discontent at Real only enhances United's motivation to attempt to conclude a deal for him.
That said Real aren’t willing to part ways with the former Sevilla man without tough negotiation, it would seem. Ramos has been a loyal servant at the Spanish giants for a decade now, and his club rejected United’s reasonable first offer of £28.3million as they deem him as worth more despite the fact he is 29.
As a result United will have to return with a more substantial gambit if they’re to convince Real to sell, irrespective of the fact Ramos himself appears keen on leaving the Bernabeu as a result of the fact he is unhappy.
At the moment the player is on holiday in the US, though he did hold talks with Real president Florentino Perez before leaving Spain.
A second bid forthcoming?
For his part Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is sure to consider the situation carefully. Almost £29m was a fair price to pay for a player on the verge of 30, but United’s defence looked painfully weak at times last term and strengthening it with genuine experience is what Van Gaal needs to do.
It’s currently believed that Real are keeping tabs on other centre-halves they can bring in if Ramos makes good on his threat to push for an exit. Ironically it’s United target Nicolas Otamendi who is seemingly top of Los Blancos’ wish-list if Ramos departs, though others could be eyed if it comes to it.
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