Mail Online reported on July 27 that Real Madrid will re-sign defender Sergio Ramos, ending Manchester United's hopes of luring him to the English Premier League.
Sergio Ramos is staying with Real Madrid.
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According to a July 27 update from Mail Online's Rob Draper, Ramos will sign a new deal with Real Madrid. Draper obtained the information from team sources who got word of the plan from team president Florentino Perez after a summit meeting in China.
This vitrually ends Manchester United's hopes of locking up the prized defender, per Mail Online.
During the said meeting, Perez, Ramos, Ramos' brother Rene and Manchester United director general Jose Angel Sanchez were able to reconcile their differences, paving the way for a new contract for Ramos, per Mail Online.
Draper says Ramos is expected to sign his new deal when the party arrives in Madrid.
In addition, Draper says Real Madrid can afford to hold out on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea for another year if the latter club refuses to entertain suitors for him. Manchester United has previously stated it will not let De Gea walk away if it cannot get Ramos.
Real Madrid remains confident De Gea will eventually sign with them next season. For now, the team is content with the goalkeeper rotation of Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas, per Mail Online.
Manchester United has warned De Gea he must work hard to maintain his status as its No. 1 goalkeeper should he fail to move to Real Madrid, per Mirror Online's David McDonnell.
Manchester United has signed Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero as an insurance policy in case they are unable to keep De Gea, per McDonnell.
"I have, of course, spoken with Sergio and also with David, and with me always the best shall be in the lineup," Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal told Mirror Online. "So you have to fight."
He then raved about Romero's goalkeeping prowess, per McDonnell:
"Sergio is a very talented goalkeeper. He was a young keeper during my time at AZ Alkmaar and I am delighted he is joining Manchester United.
"He had a fantastic World Cup last summer in Brazil, although that is something I have put to the back of my mind.
"He will be a great addition to the team and I am looking forward to working with him once again."
For his part, Romero told McDonnell he's excited to join Manchester United:
"I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United. To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me.
"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic manager and I cannot wait to get started on this new and exciting challenge in my career."
On the other hand, Draper says Manchester United's inability to get Ramos this year presents the club with a dliemma: Whether to stop pursuing Ramos and keep De Gea for £20 million now or keep De Gea and let him walk away for vitrually nothing in return next year.
Ramos had been unhappy with Real Madrid because of stories which allegedly questioned his loyalty to the club after requesting for £10.5 million in net pay, per Mail Online.
His re-signing serves as another blow to Manchester United, which is on the verge of losing Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain for £46 million.
Manchester United wants to sign Valencia CF center back Nicolas Otamendi but feels his asking price of £36 million is a tad bit high, per Draper.
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