English Premier League (EPL) giant Manchester United are planning to submit a transfer bid for Real Madrid center-back Sergio Ramos. The reported transfer fee will be $54.5 million and the Old Trafford hierarchy believes that they will be able to capture the player from the Spanish capital.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen his defensive line with an experienced center-back. The Portuguese has worked with Ramos when he was the Real Madrid manager and has made the player a key transfer target, according to Calciomercato (via the Sun).
It has to be noted that United were linked to capture Ramos in 2015 when Louis Van Gaal was at helm at Old Trafford. The Dutchman wanted to bolster his defense with the Spain international. However the deal could not be completed and the player decided to remain at Real.
Ramis penned a new five-year contract extension with the Los Blancos which will keep him in Madrid until 2020. The 30-year-old revealed that it was always his intention to remain at the club.
“There was an offer from United. I considered changing for a while, but Real Madrid was always my priority and there were no economic reasons.” Ramos said, as reported by the Guardian.
United could however build hope on the fact that he once considered leaving Madrid. The United hierarchy wants to capitalize on this with a good financial offer to prize him away from the Champions League winners.
It can’t be denied that Sergio Ramos has some problems with his discipline on the field which could hurt the team here and there. But, it cannot be denied that he is one of the best center-backs in world football today.
Mourinho signed center-back Eric Bailly in the recently concluded summer transfer window for $38.94 million from Villareal. The player has settled in well to his life at Old Trafford. The Portuguese also has the likes of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind as options. However, the team lacks a leader at the back as was evident from United’s 3-1 defeat away to Watford last weekend.
If the Red Devils are able to add Sergio Ramos at the back, it would go a long way into solving their defensive problems.
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