Manchester United’s hot pursuit of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is cooling off in the ice bath, as the World Cup winner enters talks with Los Blancos over a Bernabeu contract extension.
The way events have transpired has left the Red Devils feeling ‘betrayed’ according to a reliable source of the Daily Star, a news outlet universally-renowned for its veracity.
Here’s what the unnamed entity revealed:
“The club was led to believe he wanted to join them and was willing to leave Real Madrid.
“He was urged to make his feelings public to help speed up the transfer, but it now looks like he was playing a game all along.
“In the end it appears all he wanted was a new contract at Real and it looks like he’s going to get one as well.
“It’s not the sort of behaviour you’d expect from a player of his standing in the game. It’s like he has betrayed United.”
Ignoring the Star’s confused definition of what constitutes a backstabbing, the revelation has left Louis van Gaal no nearer to signing the centre-back he desperately needs.
As if to compound matters, Ramos isn’t the only reported United target to be taken out of the reckoning in recent days.
According to a Manchester Evening News exclusive, long-linked Argentine Nicolas Otamendi isn’t, nor has he ever been, on Van Gaal’s wish list.
They reveal the supposed interest in the Valencia star is actually being peddled by sources close to the player, who are allegedly trying to manufacture a bidding war for the 27-year-old.
So while United were gullible enough to fall for Ramos’ nefarious scheme to win a new contract at Real, they’ve been savvy enough to suss the underhand intentions of the payday-chasing Otamendi camp.
Having failed to get up early enough in the morning to dupe Van Gaal and the Red Devils, the 1/2 about the Argentina international signing for the Old Trafford outfit before September 4th looks a sure-fire way to lose your money.
However, now the beans have been spilled, the 5/2 saying he’s still at Valencia when the aforementioned day falls has sky-rocketed in value.