Manchester City are ready to take on rivals Manchester United as they bid to land Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ramos is said to be at loggerheads with the Real Madrid management regarding a new contract at Santiago Bernabeu, with United ready to take advantage. However now City have entered the race and the competition to the land the Spanish international could get fierce.
The Galacticos have already rejected a £28.37million bid from the Red Devils, but manager Louis van Gaal hasn’t given up hope and is readying a fresh bid in the coming days. City meanwhile are monitoring the situation closely and could jump the queue at the right moment to take Ramos to the Etihad Stadium.
According to reports Real Madrid have slapped a humongous £65m price tag on Ramos, but United could use David de Gea as bait to tempt Los Blancos to sell Ramos to them for a cut-price fee. De Gea is valued at £35m by United.
The 29-year old Ramos' key strengths include passing, aerial duels, dribbling, holding on to the ball and and his versatility. He is astute playing as a centre-back or right-back, as well as being an adequate defensive midfielder.
Contracted until 2017 with Real, Ramos will be an asset to whatever club he represents beyond this summer. Having won every trophy possible with the Galacticos in his decade of seasons in the Spanish capital, the player himself should be ready for new challenges elsewhere.
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