United want Ramos for De Gea
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