Real defender Ramos is definitely on United’s radar, but a deal still looks very unlikely

by Football XI Editorial | Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2015

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Manchester United have been turning up the heat this summer after they got off to a flier in the transfer window. The English giants have already confirmed a major coup by signing Memphis Depay from Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven. Italian right back Matteo Darmian was the next new face to head into Old Trafford while there are strong rumours suggesting that Bayern Munich vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed personal terms with United. The Red Devils’ activity in this close season is going down as a real signal of intent to their competitors, but what’s even more scary is the fact the they are not yet done.

Louis Van Gaal has firmly set his sights on signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in an effort to plug his team’s leaky defence. Manchester United conceded a total of 37 goals in the Premier League last season, and while that is not at all a bad tally, Van Gaal does realize that there is still room for improvement. The Dutch manager identified Ramos as the man to bring in some much needed experience and stability to his team’s backline, but his initial interest in the World Cup winner surely arose from Real Madrid’s much publicized chase for United ‘keeper David De Gea.

A transfer merry go round is what this is called, and it all begins with Real Madrid’s disillusionment with long time custodian Iker Casillas. Casillas has seen a dip in form and reputation over the past couple of seasons and Madrid have realized that it is time they moved for a replacement. David De Gea was identified as that replacement after the former Atletico Madrid man had the best season of his career just the last campaign. De Gea was voted by United fans as the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for the second consecutive season which only goes to highlight the meteoric rise that the gangly goalkeeper has undergone since moving to the UK.

So, as Real Madrid began their chase for De Gea, and after De Gea actually showed a desire to head back to Spain, Manchester United decided that the best they could do at this point of time was to let him go for the highest transfer fee possible, until they realised that they could use their ‘keeper as a bargaining chip to bring in Sergio Ramos, who himself was having contractual issues of his own at the Bernabeu.

Cooperation is the key here as it is highly unlikely that either side will make these two deals happen without getting a player in return. United have already had a bid of around 24 million pounds rejected by Real who will definitely be keen to get David De Gea in exchange for Sergio Ramos. Similarly, United also seem to have decided that Sergio Ramos has to be part of any deal that sees De Gea leave for Real.

While this deal seems probable, the whopping majority of football’s inside men believe that Ramos will stay on as a Real player by the time the summer transfer window slams shut. This belief is also replicated in the betting world where all of the major bookmakers in the U.K. think that Ramos will indeed stay on at Real. Bet365 currently has Sergio Ramos to Manchester United within this transfer window going at 6/4 while Ladbrokes is at 11/8. If you would like to place a bet on Ramos’ transfer through bet365, we recommend you to use the MAXBETS bet365 bonus code in order to redeem a 100% bonus on your first deposit. Betfred and Betfair were last seen with having Ramos to United at 7/4, but they have removed that specific outcome from their odds list for the time being.

The general opinion on this matter is that Ramos will still be at Real by the time the transfer window closes. The reason behind this is simply his legendary status at the club. The former Sevilla man moved to Real in 2005 and has since established himself as a pillar in the team. He’s made more than 300 appearances for Los Blancos and won 9 major trophies in his time there. His cult status in the white half of Madrid was taken to the next level after he managed to save Real’s La Decima chances with an injury time header against city rivals Atletico.

The quality of Ramos’ performances on the pitch are also showing no signs of deteriorating and the Real bigwigs do not want to lose him right now for any amount of money. He is their highest rated defender and losing him while bringing in De Gea would not be a positive move for the club. Ramos has made himself a fixture in the Real team ever since his transfer from Sevilla and the simple fact that the centre back has notched up a minimum of 40 appearances in every season since 2004-2005 goes to show how dependable he is. Dependability is something that no amount of money can buy, now when you go on to consider the amount of experience that Ramos has, then you can see that the chances of Real Madrid letting him go any time soon, look pretty slim.

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