Manchester United have informed Spanish giants Real Madrid that they will only increase their offer for Sergio Ramos if Los Blancos return with an improved bid for David de Gea, according to reports.
It’s believed that Louis van Gaal is of the opinion that the £30million he has put forward for Ramos so far is more than adequately fair, but Real still want more for the player who has served them loyally for the last decade.
Problems with the deal
The Daily Mirror are now claiming that as a result the Ramos to United deal is standing at a crossroads, with the Red Devils only able to get their man if they put more cash on the table. That appears to be something United aren’t keen on doing, unless Real in turn are willing to improve their bid for De Gea.
With what has become one of the most interesting sagas of the summer so far it remains to be seen whether De Gea will indeed leave for the allures of the Santiago Bernabeu, as he’s widely tipped to, and whether Ramos will end his affiliation with Real to join Louis van Gaal’s revolution.
It looks very much at the moment like coming down to a question of who caves first, with United though to be holding out for a world-record sum for a goalkeeper in £35m before they consent to letting De Gea begin official talks to become the next Galactico.
That said United’s interest in Ramos is a stand-alone, independent pursuit, and so for the time being the idea that both parties will do the logical thing and begin to think about a swap-deal, with one of the other paying some money on top, hasn’t been entertained.
The issue is that both clubs appear to greatly value the asset they have on the table, creating a Mexican stand-off Clint Eastwood would be proud of.
De Gea more likely than Ramos?
From a neutral perspective it seems as though De Gea would be the more willing of the two to instantly push for a switch given the benefits he would reap by returning home and becoming the successor to Iker Casillas.
Ramos’ own mother yesterday rubbished the idea that her son was going to transfer to United, claiming he loved Spain, whilst De Gea has adopted the far safer ‘nobody say anything that might ruin my chances’ type of approach.
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