Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is reportedly edging closer to an exit from the Spanish giants which will in turn open the door to a switch to Manchester United.
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According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are on the brink of making a formal bid, with Ramos asking Madrid to consider the offer as he looks for a way out this summer.
The 29-year-old’s relationship with Real has deteriorated to the point where he no longer wishes to stay, according to The Mail, despite the fact that he is considered a symbol for Madrid and has been a loyal servant for so long.
However, Madrid’s loss would be United’s gain as they look to bolster the centre of their defence, and Ramos could certainly have a positive influence on their backline if he is to join them.
Although Louis Van Gaal’s side conceded a respectable 37 goals last season, just five more than champions Chelsea, their vulnerability in defence certainly made life difficult for them at times.
In turn, that led to a battle to ensure that they feature in the Champions League next season rather than sustain a title push, and the Dutch tactician has undoubtedly identified that as a key area in which to improve on ahead of his second campaign in charge.
While Ramos has his critics and there may well be question marks over his ability to produce consistently in the Premier League and eradicate mistakes from his game, his arrival would signal an upgrade on the current options at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal needs a leader and a reliable presence at the heart of his defence, and the likes of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling would benefit significantly from having Ramos beside them.
The former World Cup winner has enjoyed success at every level throughout his career, and his winning mentality would be a huge boost for United as they look to progress to the next stage of their revival under Van Gaal.
Naturally, Ramos’ habit of scoring key goals would also be a handy addition to United’s offensive armoury, but his defensive ability and strength will add much needed solidity to the side as they look to prepare for a title run as well as ensure that they are competitive in Europe.
It remains to be seen whether or not the deal to take the Spaniard to Old Trafford will include David De Gea, as that could, and arguably should, make United consider their options.
While Ramos can certainly be over-emotional and a liability to his team at times, he has proven over a prolonged period that he has the pedigree and ability to ensure that any team he plays for is a successful one and that makes his an astute signing for Van Gaal.