In a turn of events, Real Madrid have started to look elsewhere in the market to replace their captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The transfer negotiations concerning Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea have taken a stumble, with Sergio Ramos now becoming an integral part in any kind of transaction that takes place.
De Gea to Real Madrid seemed like all but a done deal till last month but recent activities have added obstacles, with Real Madrid now having second thoughts regarding the transfer. Manchester United seem keen to prize away Sergio Ramos from the Spanish capital while Real Madrid do not want to let go their star defender. Ramos is believed to have a great affection among fans and also is one the senior most member in the dressing room. Perez does not wish to let the 29-year-old leave given his stature among players and fans.
Ramos was bought as a 17-year-old from Sevilla and has become an integral part of the squad. Having won everything for club and country,Ramos is said to be upset how his contract was allowed to run down in it’s final 2 years having single handedly saved the club from losing the 2014 Champions League Final.
De Gea meanwhile has been United’s best player over the last 2 seasons and he himself made sure United made it in the top 4. Without De Gea’s contributions, United would have found themselves in 9th position, which would have been even worse than what David Moyes managed to get them to.
With the transfer negotiations regarding De Gea now stalling, Real Madrid have started to look elsewhere with Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno emerging as the favorite to be signed should the De Gea deal falls through.
David de Gea has only 1 year left on his contract and Manchester United are ready to risk him losing for free rather him selling him for a knock down fee. United believe the 24-year-old is worth much more than the £14m Real Madrid are offering.
United are demanding a world record fee for their star man and would not negotiate even though De Gea’s contract situation tends to lower his market price. With new Champions League TV rights in place for next season, United would get £40m alone from entering the competition and the United believe they can earn much more by playing De Gea than losing him for a fee as low as £14m offered by Real Madrid.