Manchester United will reportedly demand a straight swap involving David de Gea and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos as the La Liga giants continue its hunt for the Red Devils shot-stopper.
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According to Daily Star, Real Madrid value Ramos at £40m and want De Gea and £20m in order for the deal to be completed.
However, United are prepared to allow De Gea to run out his contract if Real Madrid do not meet the Red Devils’ demands.
United chief Ed Woodward is expected to play hardball with Real Madrid, with the report suggesting he will demand a straight swap with no cash involved.
There’s no doubt Real bosses will deny such a demand, and United bosses are reportedly worried that Ramos is using the situation solely to land himself a new and improved deal at the Bernabeu.
The 29-year-old centre-back has two years remaining on his current deal with the Spanish giants and has also been linked with a move to rivals Barcelona.
It is unlikely Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will want to lose one of the club’s key players to its hated rival however, and a move to the Premier League is surely more likely.