It’s no surprise Sergio Ramos is linked to Manchester United (AS) this summer.
Now that the center-back is confirmed to be leaving Real Madrid, those talks are expected to pick up. But United would be wise to stay away from the 180-headed star.
Here are three reasons United should avoid switching to one of the largest free agents out there.
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Age is not just a number
Ramos is 35 and any move would be a risk.
Some will argue that United needs this experience. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs players to make the Red Devils’ next big squad and a younger alternative should be considered.
Ramos’ departure raises doubts about Raphael Varane’s future. Could Madrid really lose both this summer?
But if United have a chance to get the French they should try. He is seven years younger than Ramos and could be the bedrock of Solskjaer’s defense for years.
2021 is a warning
Ramos was sighted too rarely by the regular starter in 2021 (both for club and country).
The defender missed 20 of 22 league games that year; marked by a series of injuries.
Do United really want to take a risk on a player who seems to be stalling at an alarming rate?
Yes, Edinson Cavani came off well. But Ramos is a different perspective. His club and country seem to have moved on and United should look elsewhere.
Money remains an issue
As a free agent, Ramos will charge a substantial registration fee and high wages.
Since he turned down a one-year contract extension in Spain, he’s likely to get a two-year contract as well wherever he ends up.
United could save that money and spend it elsewhere. When Jadon Sancho comes, his salary will be substantial. And the chance of paying Ramos roughly the same is simply unfathomable.
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