Manchester United are to submit a new €60m offer for Sergio Ramos; however, this will be their last.
According to AS, the Red Devils will return with a final bid for the Spain international – though it will not meet the staggering €90m (£62.8m) that Los Blancos are demanding for a player nearing the age landmark of 30.
The Spanish newspaper state that Louis van Gaal is prepared to offer €60m (£41.8m) for the centre-back’s signature, but they will not negotiate an increased fee, as the Premier League heavyweights refuse to value the decorated defender at a higher price.
At the end of June, Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Graham Hunter confidently claimed that the 29-year-old had ordered Real to negotiate with United:
“Ramos has told Madrid directly that he is absolutely and completely committed to leaving the club this summer, that he specifically wants them to begin negotiations with Manchester United and that he doesn’t want them to negotiate with anybody except Manchester United,” Hunter told Sky Sports.
While this appeared to suggest – with a significant degree of certainty – that Ramos would depart the Santiago Bernabeu after 10-years of service this summer, interestingly, AS believe that this isn’t the case.
The Spanish daily state that in simply listening to the bids tabled by the Red Devils, Real will be fulfilling the Spaniard’s demands, which may tempt the former Sevilla star to spurn a move to England’s top flight.
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Manchester United have so far secured the signatures of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin [via Sky Sports], and if Ramos, along with rumoured target Nicolas Otamendi [via Metro], make the move to Old Trafford this summer, van Gaal’s first-team will – once again – undergo a significant reshuffle.
It must surely be examined whether another summer of such a plethora of changes to the club’s senior squad is a wise decision from the former Netherlands manager.
It must also beg the question: does the Dutchman really have a ‘philosophy’ [via Goal] or is it simply a case of spend, spend, spend?