Manchester City are set to enter the race for Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos, according to reports.
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Ramos has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, however the Red Devils’ crosstown rivals are poised to make a play for the 29-year-old, The Mirror reports.
United are believed to have had two bids for Ramos rejected by Real Madrid bosses, and the report suggests United will stick by its £35m valuation of the Spanish international.
City’s considerable financial clout means the club could potentially meet Real Madrid’s reported £64m price tag for the defender, with club bosses suggesting the club would spend big this summer after a disappointing title defence last term.
Both clubs are looking to bolster their squads for next season, but it is undoubtedly Louis van Gaal who requires Ramos’s signature the most.
The Dutchman failed to settle on a strong defensive combination last season and are in the market for a centre-back.
United have also been linked to Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, however it is believed the Argentine has now become a plan B should the Premier League giants miss out on Ramos.