News emerging from Spain this morning suggests that Sergio Ramos is looking to leave Real Madrid and play for a club outside of Spain. The 29-year-old is under contract with Real Madrid until 2017, and is said to end his decade long collaboration with Real and start looking for a new challenge.
Manchester United are hugely linked with a move for Ramos with Real Madrid’s interest in goalkeeper David De Gea potentially being used by United to their advantage in their attempts to sign the Spanish defender.
United are also reported to have offered Sergio Ramos an £8.5million-a-year contract as they look to prise him from Real Madrid. Ramos’ discussions over a contract extension with Madrid are said to have stalled, meaning the Spaniard has emerged as a surprise target for United.
However, after a frantic morning, it seems this piece of transfer news is too good to be true for United.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has taken to Twitter in order to quash rumours of a move for the World Cup winner, saying the Spanish defender is simply looking for a new deal and is ‘not for sale’.
Tweeting from his personal Twitter account, Balague had this to say:
“Little break in the (writing) holidays. Ramos buyout clause is €200 million. Real Madrid is not selling. He wants a better contract.”
It comes as a blow to United fans, who desperately want a new central defender to be recruited this summer. But it’s not all doom and gloom – Balague’s track record, while pretty good, has had some notable blips in the past. Therefore it is not always wise to believe everything you read, and to only trust a source when the deal is 100% done.
Ramos to United may still happen, but I for one believe that on this occasion Balague speaks a good point and it is unlikely the Spaniard will leave Madrid.