Manchester United have suffered a double blow in signing a central defender in the ongoing summer transfer window on Monday.
Long-term target Sergio Ramos has decided to commit his future to Real Madrid and will sign a new five-year deal on Monday. The Spain international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal wanted to add him to The Red Devils’ squad.
However, Ramos, who had two years left on his initial deal, will now stay at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2020. The ceremony will take today in the presence of Real president Florentino Pérez.
A statement on Real’s official website read, “Today, Monday 17 August, at 1:30pm CEST, an event will be held in the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box to mark Sergio Ramos’ contract renewal.”
“Presiding over the event will be the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, and the player himself, who will remain at the club for the next five seasons.”
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 17, 2015
Ramos signing a new deal will come as a second blow after it was reported that Nicolas Otamendi is close to completing a move to United’s local rivals Manchester City. The Argentine international will leave Valencia and complete his move to the Etihad, which will see their defender Eliaquim Mangala move in the opposite direction.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager started Daley Blind alongside Chris Smalling in the heart of the defence in the first two matches of the season. Apart from the duo, he has the services of Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones, along with Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett as the other centre-backs in the squad.