Okay, yesterday we allowed ourselves to get a bit carried away with the Schweinstiger rumours, so we won’t let that happen again.
What’s that… Sergio Ramos? Oh it’s only the Spanish media… Oh, what? The Independent’s Ian Herbert follows up on the story and it seems to have some legs. We have had our concerns in the past when we’ve heard Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema, Varane all linked as part of a ‘swap’ with De Gea but there does seem to be some foundation in this. Maybe we’re just allowing ourselves to believe it more because the shouting is louder.
It’s the Sun’s back page story too – not that it adds any credibility but it suggests this is a story that has been leaked to a few outlets. Leaked from Madrid’s side or United’s side? Aside from that, what do we think of Ramos? At 29, he’s probably at or just past his peak. He is occasionally erratic but probably a significant step up from what we have. If we have to let De Gea go, as seems inevitable, this doesn’t sound like the worst idea. But then we all know how often swap deals happen.
AS, the Spanish outlet, go a little further and say that the behaviour of Real Madrid towards Casillas and Ramos has upset Cristiano Ronaldo. Funny, as we’re sure it was the case that Casillas and Ronaldo didn’t get on. Now they’re ‘close’ friends. Hmm. The Metro jump all in, which is unlike them, saying we want to pay £66.5m for Ronaldo.
AS also tell us that Javier Hernandez will stay in Madrid but will swap Real for Atletico – Diego Simeone apparently wants him to replace Mario Mandzukic.
We can’t help but want to see our young players come in and do well – after Pereira scored that lovely goal for Brazil in the U20 World Cup, Jesse Lingard scored an even better effort for England’s U21s.
Players linked to United : Dani Alves, Hugo Lloris, Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne, Gareth Bale, Morgan Schneiderlin, Nicolas Otamendi, Felipe Anderson, Petr Cech, Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Gaitan, Ilkay Gundogan, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Bastian Schweinstiger, Harry Kane, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Muslera, Asmir Begovic, David Alaba, Carlos Bacca, Arturo Vidal, Joseph Colley, Gonzalo Higuain, Radja Nainggolan, Gregory van der Wiel, Mario Mandzukic, Christian Eriksen ’89, Roberto Dourado, Roberto Firmino, Memphis Depay, Jasper Cillessen, John Stones, Paul Pogba, Thomas Muller, Axel Witsel, Freddy Guarin, Seamus Coleman, Fabinho, Romelu Lukaku, Raphael Varane, Stefan De Vrij, Jerome Boateng, Dayot Upamecano, Sergio Ramos