Manchester United’s efforts to land Sergio Ramos in their team is turning out to be one of the most speculative and dramatic stories of this summer. Louis van Gaal’s undying determination to sign the defender has put United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward against Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in a rather trying spot. With limitless rumours, claims, gossip and predictions, let’s analyze the real facts of the deal.
The Red Devils placed a bid of £28.37m for the Spanish defender. It was made last week with the belief that it is a fair price for a player who is 29 years old, and is unlikely to have a resale value. However, it is not the final bid, as Woodward is reportedly going to place a second bid as a major attempt to pry away the centre-back from Real Madrid.
The bid was dismissed immediately by the Spanish giants, who are desperately working on a way to maintain hold of a player who has become such an iconic figure among fans. If you look at Real Madrid’s transfer history, it is nothing new for major stars to leave them – big names like Angel di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Wesley Sneijder making way for new pastures every summer.
But the possibility of the hugely popular Spaniard leaving could lead to a massive backlash from supporters towards Perez.
Real’s evaluation of Sergio Ramos is estimated to be £65m and it obviously is a lot more than what Manchester United’s first bid was. Admittedly, it is a huge sum for a player who has two years to run on his contract.
It looks impossible for a deal to be agreed upon, if Perez insists on holding out for his full asking price.
The question now is how high United would be willing to go for a player Van Gaal thinks can add the required strength to the centre of his defence, but will turn 30 before the end of next season.
Ramos has spoken to Madrid officials last week, and he stood firm on his decision to leave. He informed them he wanted to go and only wants them to negotiate with United. While that doesn’t warrant a move to Old Trafford will go ahead, it puts Van Gaal in the front foot at a time when Manchester City and Bayern Munich have been listed as alternative choices.
The Real president is also said to have spoken with Ramos in order to “clear the air”. He is said to have reassured the player that he is and will be an important figure at the club and is eager to put to rest all the speculations and issues regarding his future.
Ramos was asked to consider his position while he was on holiday and away from all the chaos surrounding the Bernabeu. All parties agree on one fact though, that they want to come to an agreement before Real head out on pre-season tour to Australia.