It’s the deal that everyone wants, yet no-one is prepared to give an inch to make it happen.
Real Madrid want to sign David de Gea and the Manchester United goalkeeper wants to move to the Santiago Bernabeu. United want to sign Sergio Ramos and the Real defender reportedly wants to move to Old Trafford.
But, while the football odds suggest De Gea will join Real, it’s looking increasingly unlikely to happen this summer as two of football’s biggest clubs engage in a game of high-stakes poker to see who blinks first.
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De Gea has just a year left on his contract at United and it is reported that the Spaniard will not sign an extension. That leaves United in the position of either selling him now to recoup some money or seeing him leave for nothing at the end of the season.
United certainly don’t need the money and, given how important De Gea was to them qualifying for the Champions League last season, it’s worth the risk to keep him for another year. Getting into the Champions League again will more than make up for watching De Gea go to Real on a free transfer.
The Premier League club are willing to let De Gea go this summer, though, but they want Ramos in exchange. United’s position is understandable. If they’re going to lose a key player, they need to replace him with someone who can be similarly influential. And, while there may be concerns about Ramos’ ability to adapt to defending in the Premier League, he has the type of leadership credentials United are looking for. So much so, Real are reportedly going to name Ramos captain following Iker Casillas’ departure.
Is that just a ploy from Real to force United to increase their offer for Ramos? Maybe. After all, reports persist that Ramos is unhappy at Real, despite a recent hug with president Florentino Perez and new coach Rafa Benitez saying the centre-half isn’t leaving.
From Real’s point of view, you can see why they don’t want to just let Ramos go. For all of the problems there may be in his relationship with the board, he has been an integral figure in the club’s success over the past decade.
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It certainly seems that Real are willing to wait another year to sign De Gea for nothing, rather than accept Ramos’ exit as an inevitable consequence of signing the keeper now.
Real have been busy making plans, in any case. Keylor Navas has been given the No.1 shirt, although that is probably more a token gesture than anything else, while Kiko Casilla has been signed from Espanyol to ensure Real don’t need to sign De Gea now.
With Marca claiming that there have been no talks between United and Real over De Gea for a week, the stand-off between the two clubs is unlikely to end soon.
But, while De Gea has travelled with the United squad for their pre-season tour to the United States, an injury has so far prevented him from playing any games. That has only fuelled the rumours that a deal could still happen this summer.
It’s going to be a fascinating final few weeks of the summer transfer window. It’s a situation where both clubs could win, if a deal takes place. But, equally, if a deal doesn’t happen, then both clubs could lose as they will be left with players who would rather be elsewhere.