Manchester United Transfer News: Sergio Ramos Agreement Reported, Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2015

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring the opening goal during the final soccer match between Real Madrid and San Lorenzo at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Manchester United have reportedly already agreed terms with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, which would see the defender earn a staggering €55 million (£39.1 million) over the course of five years at Old Trafford.

That’s according Carlos Forjanes and Agustin Martin of AS, who write that “the centre-back has already reached an agreement with the English club.” The piece goes on to state the aforementioned salary is well in excess of the €7.5 million (£5.3 million) yearly offer made by Los Blancos; it’s also noted that Ramos wants an annual wage of €10 million (£7.1 million).

United have apparently already agreed terms with the defender.
United have apparently already agreed terms with the defender.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Forjanes and Martin also outline the latest when it comes to United’s pursuit of the Spain international defender:

Manchester United have already submitted a formal offer for Ramos at the offices of the Bernabeu for €45 million (£32 million). Madrid have rejected it and have valued the player at €90 million. They have never said Ramos is non-transferable. In putting a price on him, they have put the player on the market.

Florentino Perez did not attend the meeting between Ramos and Jose Angel Sanchez at Valdebebas on June 24. It was there that the defender asked the club to listen to offers for him.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13:  Rafael of Manchester United and Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February
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While a valuation of €90 million (£64 million) for the 29-year-old is extremely unlikely to be met, if United have indeed already agreed personal terms with the defender, the prospects of this transfer coming to fruition seem to have been enhanced.

Although that would be at odds with Ramos' recent claims that he’s not been discussing terms with anyone, as we can see here courtesy of AS English:

AS English @English_AS

"I have not negotiated with anyone". A rather dapper Sergio Ramos is our @diarioas cover star today. http://t.co/MZz1acWuhI

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The initial piece suggests the future of David De Gea is likely to be central to any transfer happening, with United taking a tough stance when it comes to negotiations.

According to Forjanes and Martin, the Red Devils have lowered their initial asking price for the Spanish stopper from €46 million to €35 million (£24.9 million) but only if Ramos comes to Old Trafford as part of the deal.

The futures of Ramos and De Gea seem to be intertwined.
The futures of Ramos and De Gea seem to be intertwined.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

“They will not do one deal without the other,” says the piece, meaning it’s likely this saga is set to rumble on throughout the summer. However, Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph thinks United may be using Ramos’ discontent to drive up the price for De Gea:

Jason Burt @JBurtTelegraph

Think Man Utd negotiating stance re: De Gea makes sense. They need to capitalise on Ramos discontent to their advantage.

Jason Burt @JBurtTelegraph

At the very least Man Utd can drive up the price for De Gea by holding out for Ramos. That's the intent.

It’s tough to see Real relinquishing the services of a defender who has been central to their success in recent seasons. Ramos is not only a genuine world-class talent, but he’s a leader, an enforcer and scorer of crucial goals.

Ramos would be an awesome signing for United.
Ramos would be an awesome signing for United.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

His positive influence on his side can be seen here thanks to WhoScored.com:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid won 81.5% of the La Liga matches with Ramos starting compared to just 72.3% without him http://t.co/4HUUODlk07

The Spaniard would be a tremendous signing for United and could be a catalyst in the club’s potential rise back to the summit of English and European football.

But even if it meant not getting De Gea this summer, you suspect Real would not be willing to do business for anything other than a stratospheric sum of money.

Whichever team blinks first is likely to get the worse deal here, but from United’s point of view, Ramos’ volatile situation has become a useful bargaining tool.

If Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal ends up bringing him in, it’d be brilliant for the club. But if it’s not feasible, United’s own high demands are still more likely to be met when it comes to their star goalkeeper.

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