Sergio Ramos has played a wild card that may have taken things too far, that is bringing in the supposed Manchester United offer. Both parties met yesterday to calm things & apparently Ramos solicited Real Madrid to consider any extraordinary offer they could receive. Thus Ramos has opened the "exit door" forcing again the negotiations but Real Madrid President Perez - nor Coach Benitez - wish to have to push out the Central defender. Both would want Ramos to stay.
My "gut" feeling is that when the burning pride of both player & President calms down they will find a middle ground to fix things. However, what if things escalate again with Ramos finally being sold to, say Man United?
Real Madrid is said to have these alternative players in mind:
- Nicolas Otamendi (born 1988, Valencia CF): problem his 50M€ contract release clause with added VAT payment of 10.5M€. Plus he is not a EU citizen. Manchester United is also interested.
- Leonardo Bonucci (1987 Juventus FC). Juventus has no intention of selling at this stage.
- Laurent Koscielny (1985 Arsenal ). French International who has not found regularity at Arsenal.
- Shkodran Mustafi (1992 Valencia CF). Valencia has not good relations with Real Madrid & the player has contract until 2019.