According to David McDonnell and Darren Lewis of the Mirror, Manchester United have bid £35 million for Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos while the Spanish giants target Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny.
Ramos, who was part of the Real Madrid team that won La Decima, is dissatisfied with his present club's contract offer, as per the Express.
The Spain international has had a successful career after leaving Sevilla back in 2005. At club level, Ramos has won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys, one Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
His Spain career is not something to ignore either. The 29-year-old played a part in one of the greatest international sides of all time winning two European Championships (2008, 2012) and a World Cup (2014).
There has been a lot of talk about whether Ramos is good enough to become a hit in the Premier League, but that should be frowned upon as a naive point of view considering the experience he would bring and wealth of success he's achieved.
For instance, Ramos gets a lot of criticism for his disciplinary record. There is a lot more leniency in the Premier League, therefore a lot of his red card offences in La Liga would not be seen as damning in the Premier League where footballers witness a much more physical game.
Manchester United need to sign a centre-back and possibly a right-back this summer. Those two positions could be filled by Ramos having done so previously for Real Madrid.
Louis van Gaal looked beyond Rafael Da Silva last season by trusting Antonio Valencia, an unquestionably talented winger, at right-back. It was a makeshift option and one he pursued throughout the majority of United's campaign.
The heart of the defence also needs addressing at Old Trafford. If United are to challenge for league titles and European Cups they look a long way off doing so with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett. At a push, two of those look like making it as regulars, but a side destined for success should be going beyond for defenders of Ramos' pedigree.
The side needs balance if they're going to improve next season. That means more options in each position while strengthening the defence and midfield. Ramos would be a good addition for United if they can pull it off, but they ought to be wary of him playing his way to a bigger and better Real Madrid contract.
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