Yesterday, a number of sources claimed that Spanish international defender Sergio Ramos has asked Real Madrid to let him join Manchester United. The Reds are believed to have tabled a bid of €40 million for the Spaniard who has been at Real for ten years now. One of the most dangerous defenders in front of goal, Ramos has amassed an impressive 55 goals for Real Madrid in 445 official games.
Central defence is arguably one of United’s biggest current weaknesses and it would help the team to recruit someone with such leadership qualities and the experience that a World Cup and Champions League winner brings along. Despite several claims that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, who has recently extended his contract at Old Trafford, are the future of the England defence, the reality is that the pair have struggled to provide stability at the back. As such, Ramos would add another dimension and would provide a certain degree of positive arrogance to United’s back-line.
Although Madrid’s alleged asking price of €100 million will be a certain stumbling block, the Spanish giants have already enquired about the availability of Valencia’s German international Shkodran Mustafi. As such, there seem to be some signs pointing at a potential departure. Nevertheless, at this point, Ramos might just be keen to renegotiate his contract and use the lure of the Premier League for his own purposes, just like Cristiano Ronaldo seems to do whenever his contract is close to running out.