Manchester United are resigned to the fact that goalkeeper David De Gea will not be at the club in the long-term, but remain insistent that any potential transfer to La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer must involve Sergio Ramos.
Various British media outlets including Sky Sports have reported that the Red Devils are prepared to allow the Spaniard run down the final year of his contract and leave for free at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
The alternative would be that De Gea leaves this summer, but that will only happen if Ramos is included in any potential deal as his regarded as United manager Louis van Gaal’s first-choice defensive transfer target.
It is certainly a risky tactic from the Red Devils as they look set to miss out on a substantial transfer fee for a player who is fast becoming one of the best goalkeepers in European football following his stunning performances over the last two seasons in particular.
Last year he almost single-handedly secured Champions League football for the 20 times champions of England with a host of man-of-the-match performances throughout the season.
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With number two keeper Victor Valdes certain to depart the club this summer, it’s understood that United have a contingency plan in place in case Los Blancos decide to meet their demands of a Ramos and De Gea swap deal.