‘Deal to be done next week’ as Real Madrid star picks Man Utd transfer

James Marshment
Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane Real Madrid

Sergio Ramos has rejected Real Madrid’s final contract proposal and his agent will travel to England next week to sign a lucrative deal with Manchester United, according to a report.

The long-serving defender is out of contract in the summer and is free to negotiate with overseas suitors. Real remain keen to keep him and have proposed a two-year extension with a 10% reduction on his current terms.

However, as per Todofijaches, Ramos has rejected their advances and has decided to move to the Premier League.

The Spanish outlet reports that Ramos has two options on the table: PSG and United. However, they claim England holds the greater sway for Ramos and that United will be the 34-year-old’s next port of call.

Todofijaches claims Ramos’ agent René Ramos will travel to England next week to close out the terms on a two-year package at Old Trafford. They claim the World Cup winner is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Red Devils worth an estimated £200,000 a week.

In addition, the report claims Real are well aware of Ramos’ intentions and will bring in David Alaba as his successor. The Austrian defender, himself a free agent this summer, will sign a three-year deal after quitting Bayern Munich.

It’s not the first time in his career Ramos has been linked with United and the reports should be met with caution at this stage.

However, the prospective exit of the veteran Andalusian will come as a blow for Zinedine Zidane.

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Having not been able to play Ramos since the Spanish Super Cup loss to Athletic Bilbao on January 14, the Real boss has made clear his wish to retain his services.

“Yes, we all want [contracts to be signed],” Zidane said last month. “We want the situation to be sorted as quickly as possible. It’s in everyone’s interests, it would be good for everyone, so hopefully it can be sorted out quickly.”

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Solskjaer points to ‘Tom Brady factor’

United have shown in the past they are not opposed to bringing in quality, experienced international players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a big impression during his time at United. It’s been a similar story this season with Edinson Cavani; signed on a free from PSG.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the success of veteran quarterback Tom Brady.

Indeed, suggesting he too could turn to older stars, Solskjaer praised the qualities of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers star.

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“For me, the big learning from that one is maybe the Tom Brady story,” Solskjaer said. “What he does to keep going at such an age and to be so professional.

“He’s come into the club and he’s brought them to the Super Bowl. It’s not him by himself of course. We tell our young players to be at the top level that it’s not just natural talent. But it’s dedication, hard work, focus.

“We’ve got the example of Edinson (Cavani) coming into our place and how much one player can influence a team. We’ve had Eric Cantona coming into the team with that experience.

“So Tom Brady is an example for every single sportsman out there. It’s still possible – even at the age of 42 or 43, whatever he is now.”

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