Why the Gundogan saga should serve as a warning to United over Ramos

Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester United should be prepared for more transfer market mind games.

The traditional Manchester United merry-go-round is back in full force now that the transfer market is officially open. And, as usual, there are a handful of big names to go with it.

In recent years, it's been Arturo Vidal (unsuccessful) and Angel Di Maria (successful). This summer, the name on every Manchester United fan's lips seems to be Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

BBC Sport have reported details of a £28.6 million bid for the 29-year-old and his factious relationship with the Real Madrid hierarchy appears to point him directly to Old Trafford.

And yet...

Many have argued that Ramos may well be using Manchester United as bait to earn himself a new and improved deal with Madrid. And the recent example of Ilkay Gundogan should serve as a warning to Louis van Gaal and co in that regard.

Indeed, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder was reported to have all but completed a move to United earlier this summer. Yesterday, however, details of his new Dortmund deal were announced.

Manchester United should be careful when it comes to avoiding a similar fate with Ramos. One of the biggest clubs in the world, they risk becoming a club simply used by some of Europe's biggest names to earn themselves new deals.

The to-do list: tell Ramos and Real Madrid exactly what's on the table and settle for nothing less. If there's even a hint of the 29-year-old not being fully committed to the idea of a move, pull out and make it known Manchester United are the ones in control...

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