A growing number of Real Madrid officials believe they should allow Sergio Ramos to join Manchester United this summer, according to El Pais.
Spain's leading daily newspaper has treated its many readers to a long and telling report into the situation regarding both Ramos and his Spain international team-mate David de Gea.
Ramos has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford while De Gea has been tipped to move in the opposite direction for the best part of a year.
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Most of you will be well versed with both the player's situations, but, to sum up, both have told their clubs that they want to leave for the other club. Anyone would guess that a swap deal would be the easiest way to do things.
But Manchester United have refused to do business with regards to De Gea unless they are allowed to buy Ramos and Real Madrid have so far refused to entertain the idea of selling their star centre-back.
The €60m offer
However, according to some people in the Bernabeu boardroom, Ramos' decision to force a move away from the Spanish capital has done irreparable damage to his relationship with the eternally-critical Real Madrid fans.
As a result, some are starting to ask pressing questions of Florentino Perez's decision to knock back Manchester United's latest offer worth €60 million. Other reports have suggest Perez would be willing to sell for €90m, but that's an evaluation designed to scare Van Gaal away.
These same bigwigs are also growingly concerned that a goalkeeper crisis is on their way if De Gea does not arrive this summer. Perez's decision to sell Iker Casillas has been met with angst and aggression in equal measure from the fans.
Allowing Ramos to join Manchester United will come with added benefits, mainly opening the door for De Gea to finally move to Los Blancos.
It would also open the door for the aforementioned swap deal to become possible in what would likely involve Manchester United paying a fee as well as allowing De Gea to move in exchange for Ramos.
Such a deal would certainly suit all parties, but is likely to drag well into August, as Real Madrid love to do, but if it does happen then it could be claimed as a tremendous victory for Ed Woodward and Manchester United, who have turned losing one of their key players into a rather pleasing situation.
Would a Ramos/De Gea swap deal represent a great deal for Manchester United?
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