New Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos wants to move to Manchester United according to the Guardian’s Sid Lowe who was speaking on talkSPORT.
Lowe was actually the first to break the Ramos story and he is seen as a highly reliable source given that he rarely comments on transfer speculation unless he’s heard something concrete.
The expert has consistently reiterated that Ramos wants the move to United, but Madrid have not accepted an offer from United yet because it is too low.
Lowe said this once again on talkSPORT, adding that whilst David De Gea wants to go the other way that move won’t go through this summer unless Real give United Ramos.
“David de Gea wants to go to Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos does want to move to Manchester United,” Lowe explained to talkSPORT.
“That would imply that this should happen but we’ve got a long way to go still.
“United’s position with Ramos is relatively clear. If Real do not allow them to sign Ramos, they will not let De Gea go.
“The two deals at the moment are dependent. If he [De Gea] has to stay for a year and then go on a free next summer, so be it. But they have the ability to use De Gea as leverage to get Ramos.”
Lowe’s comments perfectly describe the transfer saga, with both clubs at a tense stand-off with the window nearing its final month. AS claim that Real Madrid want €90 million for Ramos, while the Mail claim Man United want £35 million for De Gea.
Now it will be up to one of the European giants to crack first and give in otherwise De Gea will simply move to Real for a free next season.
Of course, Ramos’ contract is up at the end of the 2016-17 season, meaning we could feasibly have a situation next summer where the centre-back is playing hardball with Real and could move on a free to United although that seems unlikely.