Man Utd wary of Ramos contract games

The Premier League giants are aware the defender is considering leaving Los Blancos, but have had their fingers burned in the past by big-name players angling for
new contracts

Clubs the size of Manchester United can afford big-money transfers, they can afford
big wages, and they are always in the market for marquee players. But they can’t afford to deal in open secrets too often; otherwise they themselves become the

And so it is with Sergio Ramos this summer. United are interested in the player, that is a
certainty. They have the funds to make him a huge financial offer to tempt him away from
Real Madrid, and while the Spaniard’s contracted release clause of €200m represents a prohibitive sum, a package
could be put together to ensure the offer is also in Madrid’s interests.

On the Ramos side, there is also now a measure of clarity following showdown
talks with the club’s hierarchy on
Wednesday. While reports of him
demanding a move may be a little wide of the mark, understands the player made
clear his unhappiness with leaks being made to the press, the proposed terms of
his new contract and his relationship with club supremo Fiorentino Perez, which has
deteriorated over a number of years to the current crisis level.

But United have been here before. They were confident when Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill flew out to Munich in late 2010
that they would return back to England with Bastian Schweinsteiger a United player.

The German signed a new contract with Bayern Munich not 24 hours later. And after hearing all the right noises behind the scenes they were confident in the
summer of 2013 that they could wrap up a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas.

Despite very public assurances that the midfielder would stay at Camp Nou, United were painted a very different picture in
private, hence their distinctly overt pursuit played out in the media. But the player got
the assurances he was seeking from then boss Tata Martino and he opted to stay in
Spain – for a year at least.

The Premier League club were also monitoring Dani Alves’ situation closely this summer, only for the full-back to pen a new
Barcelona deal after weeks of flirting with the idea of a new adventure and fanning
the flames of reports linking him to Old Trafford.


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