Manchester City have reportedly entered the race to sign Real Madrid defender and key Manchester United target Sergio Ramos.
According to the Daily Mirror, United have already had two bids rejected for the 29-year-old, as neither came close to Los Blancos’ whopping asking price of £64m.
And it is a similar story in Madrid’s hopes of landing their main target, United stopper David de Gea, as the Mirror report that Louis van Gaal is refusing to let the Spaniard go for anything less than their £35m valuation, which the Bernabeu side are unwilling to pay at this point.
The Mirror suggest that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are keeping an eye on the situation as the relationship between the two clubs appears to disintegrate. Should Ramos decide that leaving the La Liga club is the only option, and Real decide against letting the defender move to Old Trafford – given their stubbornness over de Gea – they may be happy to let him go to the Etihad.
The Citizens could certainly do with extra depth at the heart of their defence. While Martin Demichelis enjoyed a solid year, Vincent Kompany’s form last season was at times, questionable, while Eliaquim Mangala struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League during his first campaign in England.
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