Manchester United have taken their first concrete step towards finalizing a deal for the Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos. According to Independent, Manchester United have lodged an opening bid for Ramos in excess of £30million.
It is believed that, United’s opening bid is close to £35million which is below Madrid’s valuation of the player. What is encouraging for Manchester United fans is that, this £35million bid is a separate one and does not involve David De Gea.
Manchester United are not planning to become a hostage to Real Madrid’s wish to sign De Gea and are taking the negotiation game to them in order to force a move for Ramos and demand separate fee for David De Gea.
Marca and Guardian have reported that Ramos held a meeting with Real Madrid officials in the early hours of Wednesday where he told them about his desire to leave Bernabeu and that Real Madrid should listen to offers coming from Manchester United.
It promises to be one of the most shocking transfers to have gone down in recent times. Ramos is infuriated at Real Madrid president Florentiono Perez for bailing out on him when the 30-year old defender asked for an improved contract.
Several sources close to Manchester United believe that the Old Trafford club are willing to meet Sergio Ramos’ €12million-a-year salary demands and are ready to press ahead with the transfer. Such a contract would make Ramos one of the highest paid footballers in the world with a salary of £265,000-a-week.