United want Ramos for De Gea

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER — Manch­ester United are push­ing to sign Real Madrid d de­fender Ser­gio Ramos to bol­ster their cen­tral de­fence and com­pen­sate for the im­pend­ing de­par­ture of goal­keep goal­keeper David de Gea to the Bern­abeu.

United’s hopes of se­cur­ingse­curin Ramos, in what ef­fec­tively could be a swap deal with Real for De Gea,Gea have been strength­ened by the f fact that the 29-year-old is pro­found­lypro­fou un­happy with how the Span­ish clu club have al­lowed his con­tract to run down into its fi­nal two years. Though Ramos has in­dulgedin­dulg in mind games with Real in the past, and it can­not be ruled out that he is play­ing suit suit­ors for a new con­tract, this level of dis­il­lu­sio dis­il­lu­sion ap­pears to be dif­fer­ent.

Ramos has in­di­cated he wa wants to leave Madrid and that a new start at Old Traf­ford is his pref­er­ence. Real, who arear thought to have in­di­cated to United al­rea al­ready that they will not sell them striker Kar Karim Ben­zema as part of an ex­change for De Gea, ap­pear to have made a first, low of­fer f for De Gea — around £12m — which in­di­cate in­di­cates their belief that his con­trac­tual un­cer­tainty re­duces his value. The goal­keeper is out of con­tract and can leave on a free next sum­mer sum­mer. But United can cap­i­talise on Ramos’s doubt about his own futu fu­ture by of­fer­ing him the kind of deal the Span­ish club is un­will­ing to pro pro­vide. Ramos, who is also thought to ha have been un­happy about Real’s de­ci­sion to sack for­mer coach Carlo Ancelotti, be­lieves he is en­ti­tled to a £7.1m deal — which equates to around £140,000 a week. United would cer­tainly be ca­pa­ble of meet­ing that.

Real may want money as well as De Gea in ex­change for Ramos, whom they signed from Seville for £19.3m in 2005, but the sum would not be in­or­di­nate.

The de­fender has a £143m buy­out clause, though it is thought the Span­ish club want around €65m (£46.5m) — or equiv­a­lent value - for a player who would de­liver a vast wealth of Cham­pi­ons League ex­pe­ri­ence to Louis van Gaal’s de­fence.

It was the Spa­niard’s last-minute goal which took the 2014 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal into ex­tra time and al­lowed Madrid to win their 10th Euro­pean Cup. His cur­rent deal runs out in 2017.

Ramos’s in­dig­na­tion with his con­tract sit­u­a­tion at Real is based on the fact that a sub­stan­tial num­ber of the con­ti­nent’s top de­fend­ers earn more than £140,000 a week, in­clud­ing Paris Saint-ger­main’s Thi­ago Silva and David Luiz.

Barcelona pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jordi Majo claimed last week­end that he had been of­fered the chance to sign Ramos. And lack of a Real mes­sage that he is not for sale has not gone un­no­ticed by Ramos’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Club pres­i­dent Florentino Perez’s un­will­ing­ness to of­fer a new con­tract is also a pos­i­tive sign for United.

It is highly un­usual for Perez, who has ap­pointed Rafael Ben­itez to suc­ceed Ancelotti, to al­low a player to run his con­tract down.

United have fought a long cam­paign to keep De Gea but the view from the Span­ish cap­i­tal is that his de­sire to move en­ables them to go for him when­ever they want.

— The In­de­pen­dent SAN­TI­AGO — Brazil coach Dunga (pic­tured) says he is good friends with his Paraguay coun­ter­part Ra­mon Diaz and has shared a bot­tle of wine or two with the Ar­gen­tine, but only one of them will be in the mood to celebrate af­ter their Copa Amer­ica quar­ter-fi­nal this week.

“Ra­mon is an ex­pe­ri­enced coach, he’s en­joyed suc­cess at many dif­fer­ent places such at River Plate and Monaco,” Dunga said on Sun­day af­ter his side’s 2-1 win over Venezuela in their fi­nal group game.

“He’s my friend, we’ve shared good din­ners to­gether and good wine. He’s spe­cial. As a player he had a spe­cial tal­ent and now as a coach he’s do­ing a very good job.

“It’ll be a finely bal­anced match. It’ll be like a fi­nal.”

The two sides will meet in the south­ern Chilean city of Con­cep­cion next Satur­day in a re­peat of the 2011 quar­ter-fi­nal, which Paraguay won on penal­ties af­ter hold­ing Brazil to a goal­less draw.dunga shrugged off com­par­isons with that en­counter and said he could not change the past.

“We can’t go back in time. What hap­pened at the last Copa Amer­ica hap­pened. We weren’t there, we’re here now,” he said.

Brazil could not af­ford to take their op­po­nents lightly, par­tic­u­larly since they had proved them­selves by fight­ing back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Ar­gentina in their group.

“Paraguay showed their strength against Ar­gentina in their first match,” Dunga added. The coach said he was pleased with the way his side had played against Venezuela de­spite the ab­sence of striker Ney­mar, who has been sus­pended for the rest of the tour­na­ment for his role in a fra­cas at the end of Brazil’s sec­ond group game against Colom­bia. — Reuters

Ser­gio ramos.

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