Manchester United have, according to reports, “upped the ante” in their bid to land world-class defender, Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid this summer.
Metro understands United are preparing a mammoth take-it-leave-it offer of €45 for Ramos, as they look to strengthen their defence. Louis van Gaal wants to bring in the experience defender to his team as they go all out for the Premier League title next term.
Earlier last month, reports had it that Ramos wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu because the of Spanish giants’ refusal to up wages and make it almost near to the one earned by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
One other reported reason is the Spanish champions’ ill-treatment meted out to former manager, Carlo Ancelotti as a result of the Italian’s inability to win a single trophy last season. Ramos in clearly not happy about these and has his hearts set on a move to Old Trafford.
As per the aforementioned source, the 28-year old defender called United boss, Louis Van Gaal a couple of days ago to reassure him he is still interested in moving to England this summer.
Spanish paper AS has however opined that Madrid will still not acquiesce, as they value Ramos at around €90 million, and would only sell if that valuation is met.
Madrid believe United can pull this deal off as they have the financial muscle, hence their stance on the €90 million fee. According to Sport Witness, Marca’s Marco Lopez concedes that “Manchester United are not any ordinary club. The Premier League side have a huge income which means they don’t need to accept an amount just to grasp at money ahead of a free transfer”.
United have also freed huge wage bills with the departures of Radamel Falcao, Nani and Robin Van Persie. The club should be able to afford Ramos wages truly, should he join.
Manchester United wrapped up the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian before leaving for their pre-season tour, with Memphis Depay arriving earlier in the summer.