Man Utd’s £65m defensive target declared ‘untransferable’ by Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are set to hand Sergio Ramos the captain’s armband, but the defender is still itching for a move to Manchester United.

According to Marca, the Spain international – described in the newspaper as ‘heir to legend’ Iker Casillas – is set to be named as Los Blancos’ new captain following Casillas’ move to FC Porto [via BBC Sport], which therefore makes the defender ‘untransferable’ in the eyes of the La Liga BBVA giants, the report claims:

Nonetheless, the Spanish newspaper state that – despite the possibility of being awarded the captaincy, the 29-year-old’s desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer remains unaltered.

Marca maintain that Ramos’ intent to exit the Spanish capital is not centred upon money, but is as a consequence of the continued lack of respect he feels he has suffered at the hands of Real president Florentino Perez.

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Manchester United had an opening bid of £28.3m rejected by Real [via the Mirror], and the Daily Mail, at the end of June, stated that Los Blancos had put a £65m price-tag on the defender – perhaps in an attempt to ward off interest from the Premier League heavyweights.

Reports have suggested that the future of David De Gea – who has long been linked with a return to Madrid – could prove key in Ramos moving to Old Trafford.

Just two days ago, the Express claimed that the Red Devils are demanding a swap deal for the goalkeeper, and are after not only the Santiago Bernabeu vice-captain, but have also asked for Keylor Navas in return, too.

This really does look set to be this summer’s ongoing transfer saga.

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