Manchester United’s transfer dealings with Real Madrid are likely command more column inches than those of any other clubs over the summer silly season.
The Red Devils seem certain to come of worse in the battle for the heart of David de Gea, the goalkeeper they signed from Atletico Madrid for £17.8m in 2011.
Reports from Altrincham Today suggest the stopper’s home in nearby Bowdon has been put up for sale, hardly prompting confidence he’ll be staying at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are understood to be keen to see Sergio Ramos move in the other direction, with valuations north of £30m attached to the center-half.
However, in having their heads turned by rumours that Ramos is unsettled in the Spanish capital United are in danger of being outsmarted by Real again.
The Manchester club’s box-office crush on the World Cup-winner has coincided with the disappearance of their interest in Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi from the headlines.
Until it emerged that the Santiago Bernabeu outfit have already earmarked the Argentina international as Ramos’ replacement should he depart for Manchester that is.
Otamendi is regarded as one of the finest centre-halves operating on planet earth by European experts such as Mina Rizouki, while he is admired not only for his abilities on, but for his character and professionalism.
He is not only younger and likely to be cheaper than Ramos, but, having yet to play for one of the continent’s modern powerhouses or win trophies in Europe’s biggest leagues he be hungrier than the Los Blancos defender.
The Valencia stalwart has a €50m release in his current deal at the Mestalla, but should be available for markedly less, with Los Che needing to sell in order to keep on the right side of Financial Fair Play regulations according to Marca.