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Sergio RamosAccording to Sky Sports Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid that he wants to join Manchester United this summer.

United made an opening bid of £28.3 million (€40m) for the Spain international last week which was rejected by Madrid. However, after being informed of the offer, Ramos has made it clear to Madrid that he wants them to negotiate with United and reach a suitable agreement for his transfer to Old Trafford.

The news has reportedly stunned Madrid who viewed Ramos’s flirtation with Manchester United as nothing more than a negotiation tactic for a a new contract offer. That the central defender could actually follow through on his threat to leave has but the Spanish giants in a difficult position.

angel-di-mariaAccording to the Catalan daily Sport, Barcelona’s top transfer target this summer is not Paul Pogba, or Ilkay Gundogan, but Manchester United winger Ángel di María.

According to the paper, Barca have made initial contact but talks have not moved past the initial stage due to the upcoming presidential elections at the club and the player’s participation at the Copa América.

Sport reports that Luis Enrique has asked for a new recruit with the characteristics of the Di Maria: Speed, agility and dribbling prowess so that Leo Messi and Neymar can be freed up from the shackles of numerous markers during games.

ramos2The Sergio Ramos story took another twist on Wednesday as the Real Madrid defender and his agent René Ramos met with Real general director José Ángel Sánchez and told him that he wants to leave the Spanish giants this summer.

It has been reported that Manchester United have lodged an opening bid of £35 million for the center half and that the Real Madrid defender has asked his club to consider it.

The opening bid is understood to be independent of David de Gea’s move in the opposite direction but it is clear United will now use their interest in Ramos to come to an agreement over the sale of their goalkeeper.

Old-Trafford-NewThis story continues to take some interesting turns as it seems that Sergio Ramos will not have any arguments from his family if he decides to leave Real Madrid for Old Trafford this summer, because his father is a Manchester United fan.

Before a Champions League meeting between the two sides in 2013, Ramos revealed his father’s love for English football.

He told the Sunday Times:

‘My dad used to watch a lot of football and he would say to me when I was a kid: “So and so is playing today. You have to watch this player or that player”.

Rafa-Real-Madrid1Real Madrid boss has said the Spanish giants will bring in more reinforcements this summer. Real have already signed Brazilian pair Danilo and Casemiro from Porto this month, the latter returning from a loan spell, and in his first interview since his unveiling, Benitez says more additions are on the way.

“Of course there will be,” Benitez told his club’s official website, when asked about new arrivals. “Danilo and Casemiro, for example, are players that will be very important and the club works every day to try to increase the level of this team with other signings that will help us face the challenges that await us.

baccaSevilla have told Liverpool that if they want to sign striker Carlos Bacca this summer, that they will have to meet his £21.5million release clause.

Reports over the weekend suggested Reds boss Brendan Rodgers would abandon his bid to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa and instead look to sign Colombia hitman Bacca from Europa League winners Sevilla.

Benteke has a £32.5million release clause at Aston Villa, while Bacca would be a much cheaper alternative, despite his impressive haul of 28 goals in all competitions last season.

camp-nou-newJosep Maria Bartomeu has hit back at comments from Joan Laporta as the two former Barcelona presidents settle into what looks a two-horse race in the club’s upcoming presidential election.

Laporta launched his campaign on Monday by saying Bartomeu’s outgoing regime was only successful because he inherited the team that he built, but had sullied its good name by agreeing sponsorship deals with Qatar and getting into legal trouble over the signing of Neymar in 2013 that has since proved controversial.

ramos2According to AS Sport in Spain, Manchester United have offered Real Madrid €30 million and David De Gea for Sergio Ramos, a deal that would value the Real Madrid center back at around €70-75 million. United would also reportedly pay Ramos around £250,000 a week, double what he earns now.

Interestingly, the Spanish papers say that United’s move for Ramos is not a new development. Representatives of the United made contact with René Ramos, the brother and agent of Sergio, to find out what the defender´s situation was. A face-to-face meeting took place in April in a London hotel. There, Manchester United informed René Ramos of their interest in signing the player that played a key role in Madrid lifting La Décim.

Sergio RamosBlockbuster allegations from Spain as one of the candidates in the upcoming Barcelona presidential elections claims that Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was offered to Barcelona as a “trump card”.

Jordi Majo was quoted in Spanish newspaper Sport as saying they were given the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old.

“A while ago we were offered him, a month-and-a-half ago roughly,” said Majo. “I don’t know if anyone else was, but we are not going to play that game; we will not be a reason for him and his brother to increase their pay at Real Madrid.

DIEGO-SIMEONEAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone admits there are only a couple of players at the club who are in the “untouchable” bracket.

The Spanish giants are having to deal with a series of rumors once again this summer regarding departures from the club, with Mario Mandzukic at the forefront of speculation as the Manchester United and Juventus have both been strongly linked with a move for the Croatian striker.

Another Atleti player in the spotlight is former Real Sociedad forward and France international Antoine Griezmann, who has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea. Greiezmann was La Liga’s third-highest goalscorer last season with 22 goals to his name.