Published on June 30th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
A derby duel for Ramos’ signature | Tony Samboras
Manchester City may not have the defensive frailties that demand an addition in the center back position, but the quality of a player seemingly available is quite intimidating.
Recent media speculation that Sergio Ramos is willing to leave the Bernabeu in the summer has forced the citizens to throw their hat into the ring. As is the norm when the two Manchester teams meet during the fierce derbies, so is the case as they look forward to engaging in an off-pitch one, this time in the transfer market.
Ramos has the quality to attract a cross-town battle, and rightly so. A world Cup winner with Spain in 2010, besides numerous other titles at both international and club levels, Madrid’s valuation of the defender is jaw-dropping. This is a move that could cause shock waves in the transfer market, with the Los Blancos valuing their diminutive center back at a whopping 64 million dollars. Such money spent by the blue half of Manchester will have far reaching ramifications as they risk hefty charges for contradicting the fair play regulations. Their growing interest in Liverpool’s wantaway striker Raheem Sterling further complicates their spending puzzle.
The Red Devils seem in a more prime position to sign the former Sevilla defender in a deal that could see Spanish custodian David de Gea heading the opposite direction. However, they must add quite a significant sum to de Gea’s value to land the world cup winner who still has two years left on his contract with Madrid. Much as it is a free bet for de Gea to join the Spanish side, the likelihood of a swap deal and some additional cash appears less likely to happen.
The Spain international is yet to declare his desire to call it time on the Spanish capital publicly. However, a close colleague of his agent has been reported to having said that it will be very difficult for Ramos to remain at Madrid. It will be interesting to see who laughs the last in the tussle that seems likely to go down to the wire. The two clubs have already suffered similar setbacks in the race to register this summer’s possible marquee signings.
Manchester City has had two bids for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling rejected while the Reds have had their two proposals for Sergio Ramos rejected. Both are believed to have fallen short of their target’s estimated valuations. Much is likely to be seen whether the two will eventually land their intended targets.
If the transfer of the Spanish defender tilts in the blue half’s favor, the citizens will have quite a strong backbone in defense. This should undoubtedly provide a basis for reclaiming the trophy snatched from them by Chelsea. Bookmakers have already set sight on free betting on the eventual destination of the defender. Added to the incredible leadership of skipper Vincent Kompany, the growing confidence of Eliaquim Mangala, and the experience of Aleksandr Kolarov, City’s defense will be assured of a healthy number of clean sheets next season.
With still much time to pass before the start of the new season, the transfer story of this top-notch player is subject to taking the twists and turns of a soap opera. Dancing to the tune of 64 million pounds will not be that easy for either. Louis van Gaal appeared set to sign Brazilian ace Roberto Firmino until Liverpool emerged to snatch the 23-year-old Brazilian from under his nose. A recurrence of this would be disheartening for United fans. It will be tantamount to those free bets lost in the heat of the free betting world. Where the petrodollar rich Manchester City is, surprises are never far-fetched. Would be free bets against them sometime go awkwardly wrong, thanks to the surprises they pull.
This article was written by Tony Samboras who is a major fan of the English Premier League. When he is not following the latest rumours and transfers he can be found writing for one of the most prolific free betting websites online.