Sergio Ramos “does want” to join Manchester United this summer, but any deal is dependent on David de Gea heading in the opposite direction to Real Madrid, according to Spanish football expert Sid Lowe.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Los Blancos star over the course of the past few weeks amid suggestions he’s grown frustrated with life at the Bernabeu following the club’s decision to let his contract enter its final 24 months.
United have since reportedly failed with an official bid to sign him, while the 29-year-old has been named as Real’s new captain following the exit of Iker Casillas.
Despite this, Lowe believes Ramos is keen to join Louis van Gaal’s side, but that a deal may well hinge on De Gea heading in the opposite direction:
David de Gea wants to go to Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos does want to move to Manchester United,” he told talkSPORT.
“That would imply that this should happen but we’ve got a long way to go still.
“United’s position with Ramos is relatively clear. If Real do not allow them to sign Ramos, they will not let De Gea go.
“The two deals at the moment are dependent. If he [De Gea] has to stay for a year and then go on a free next summer, so be it. But they have the ability to use De Gea as leverage to get Ramos.”
De Gea has been aligned with a move to Real for some time, with LVG having confirmed way back in May that the Spaniards were attempting to lure the goalie back to his home city.