Revealed: Real Madrid’s Plan to retain Sergio Ramos and bring in David De Gea on the Cheap
In the transfer saga surrounding David De Gea and Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid have outwitted Manchester United.
United have told Real to accept a final bid of £35 m for Ramos-or forget about signing De Gea in return.
The bosses of United have slapped in a take-it-or-leave-it offer for Ramos in the hope of luring the World Cup winner to Old Trafford.
If Real agrees to the fee, then United will accept a reduced bid of around £25m for De Gea from the Spanish giants- http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/454004/Revealed-Real-Madrid-plan-keep-Sergio-Ramos-bring-David-De-Gea-cheap (follow this link to read more)
However, despite being desperate to take De Gea to the Bernabeau, Real President Florentino Perez appears to have come up with a plan to keep Ramos and land De Gea on the cheap in a span of 12 months.
Reports in Spain claim De Gea and Real have come to an agreement that would see the ten time European champions pay him a £3.5m signing on fee next summer.
De Gea, in return would not be in a position to negotiate a new, long term contract with United and would join Real on a free transfer.
De Gea, who is currently on United’s pre-season tour of America, will be free to hold official talks with other clubs in January though his heart has been set on joining Real.
Perez has guaranteed De Gea the lump tax-free sum and is prepared to wait until the beginning of next season to get the goalkeeper.
Now, the United chief executive Ed Woodward fears Perez will hold out for £45m for Ramos and refuse to sell him unless the Premier League giants meet the asking price.
Woodward is not afraid to splash the cash, but he knows £45 m is a lot for a defender who is 29 and will have no sell-on value once he comes to the end of his Old Trafford contract.
Louis Van Gaal, the United Boss is desperate to land Ramos and make him his fourth summer signing.
Already, the Dutchman has spent £80m on Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian as he looks to turn United into champions again.
But Van Gaal is now facing up to the prospect of missing out on Ramos and then losing De Gea for nothing next summer.