In order for Real Madrid to successfully lure David de Gea away from Old Trafford, Manchester United will require a player in exchange as they step up their hardball stance with the Spanish giants.
HITC understands from sources close to Manchester United that the club is adamant they want one Real Madrid player in return for David de Gea due to doing a deal otherwise potentially being damaging to their reputation.
Whoever they can get in exchange for de Gea, Ed Woodward cannot appear desperate willing to take any old player. There is more than one department van Gaal needs to strengthen in his squad for next season.
Could that player be Ramos?
According to the BBC, Ramos is one of two big names Manchester United are openly interested in signing this summer. The other is Bastian Schweinsteiger, a renowned leader in German football, like Ramos in Spain, who would prove to be a huge asset to Louis van Gaal's squad.
However, Ramos appears to be using interest from Manchester United to show his unhappiness and, ultimately, try get a new Real Madrid contract. That is, of course, the belief of renowned Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
Little break in the (writing) holidays. Ramos buyout clause is €200 million. Real Madrid is not selling. He wants a better contract— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 22, 2015
The Spain international has been at Real Madrid for 10 years winning three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey triumphs and one Champions League.
Experience versus youth?
It is considered a tradition at Manchester United to blood through youth as opposed to signing the finished article. So, given the reports we have seen in recent weeks, should Ed Woodward put emphasis on experience or youth this summer?
The Old Trafford outfit have already signed Memphis Depay, who is among the hottest prospects in world football. However, moving forward with the squad van Gaal current has there is plentiful in areas all over the park.
Experienced players such as Ramos or Schweinsteiger will help bring along the young players at United. They have enough youth on the brink of first team football. Van Gaal needs balance and ready-made talent will offer that.