DISSAPOINTMENT for Manchester United as Star transfer target prepares to sign new contract with Real Madrid


Sources close to Real Madrid have revealed that any hope Manchester United had of signing 29-year-old defender Sergio Ramos is now over, following a meeting between the Spanish international and club president Florentino Perez in China yesterday, claiming that the two had made up paving the way for the former Sevilla man to sign a new long term contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And as if that was not bad enough, Los Blanco’s now seem to have accepted they will not sign David De Gea this summer, and are quite content to play next season with Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla and then pick up De Gea next summer when the Spanish international is a free-agent.

This move by the Spanish giants now presents Manchester United executive director Ed Woodward with a dilemma of whether to lose face and back down from his original demands, or offer to let Real Madrid buy the 24-year-old now for £20 million rather than see him walk away from Old Trafford next summer for nothing.

This latest news about Ramos now leaves United almost forced to pay Valencia’s asking price of £36 million for Argentinian centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, after a well thought out move by Los Che gambling that Ramos would remain in Madrid, giving United no real alternative except to sign their star defender for the price they are asking.