So we bit over the last two days. We thought, you know, there will be some truth to the Sergio Ramos story. The more we thought about it the more it made sense, even if we didn’t have any real interest, to express that we wanted to sign him. Put the shoe on the other foot.
Of course, this was against our better judgement, and after a sleep, we are settling with that thought that Ramos is using United to get the deal he wants. Still, our signing of Angel Di Maria and Falcao late last August does give some justification to suspend disbelief.
And then Chris Wheeler came along with the wordy headline, ‘David de Gea exit plot thickens with Manchester United ready to ask about Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, plus Sergio Ramos, in exchange for Real-bound No 1‘. Luka Modric is also mentioned, as is Dani Carvajal, and Raphael Varane’s name come backs.Did you lose count? That is seven players.
You don’t want to believe that this is what Ed Woodward is actually doing. It seems more likely to us that Real Madrid’s interest in Otamendi is a bluff and they’ll agree to back out if we sell them De Gea for peanuts. That way everyone’s a winner, right?
There are certain theories we are not against – that the interest in Ramos is like Bale, a genuine one where we look to really change the order. There are concerns of how good Ramos actually is and he would adapt to the Premier League but he’s an upgrade on what we have with experience of playing at the highest level. That said, that’s one player in isolation, and the idea of looking at seven players and being desperate to accept any is just pitiful.
The Mirror, at least, provide an alternative thought that does have Ramos and Benzema as part of a wish list anyway. Their story that we want the Real Madrid duo, Ajax keeper Cillessen and Bastian Schweinstiger in a £150m summer spree does seem to make some sense. Then again, maybe we’re just trying anything to believe the scattergun Madrid story is nonsense.
The Fenerbahce – Nani story seems to be gathering pace, with a £6m transfer set to be confirmed this week.
L’equipe say we’re close to making an offer for Hugo Lloris.
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, Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal