It is no surprise to see Sergio Ramos linked with Manchester United this summer (AS).
Following confirmation that the centre-back is leaving Real Madrid, expect that talk to increase. But United would be wise to steer clear of the 180-capped star.
Here are three reasons United should avoid moving for one of the biggest free agents on the market.
Age is not just a number
Ramos is 35 and any move would be a risk.
Some will argue that United require that experience. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs players who are going to form the next great Red Devils side and a younger alternative should be considered.
Ramos’s exit raises doubts over Raphael Varane’s future. Could Madrid really lose both this summer?
But if there is any chance United can get the Frenchman, they should go for it. He is seven years younger than Ramos and could be the bedrock of Solskjaer’s defence for years.
2021 is a warning
Ramos went from regular starter to rarely spotted in 2021 (for both club and country).
The defender missed 20 of 22 league games this year; blighted by a series of injuries.
Do United really want to take a risk on a player who appears to be faltering at an alarming rate?
Yes, Edinson Cavani came good. But Ramos is a different prospect. His club and his country appear to have moved on and United should look elsewhere.
Money remains an issue
As a free agent, Ramos will command a significant signing-on fee and hefty wages.
Given that he turned down a one-year contract extension in Spain, he is also likely to command a two-year deal wherever he ends up.
United could save that money and spend it elsewhere. If Jadon Sancho arrives, his salary will be substantial. And the chance of paying Ramos close to the same is simply unfathomable.