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Man Utd ‘consider offering Ramos two-year deal’ on current Real Madrid wages

Manchester United could bolster their options in central defence by signing Sergio Ramos.

Although the veteran defender, who turns 35 in March, is currently in talks with Real Madrid over a contract extension – there appears to be a stumbling block over wages.

That could allow the Red Devils to step in and sign Ramos on a free transfer ahead of what could be the final few years of his tremendously successful career.

Although his current pay packet would be one of the most expensive at the club, the absence of a transfer fee could tempt Ed Woodward into offering a short-term deal.

Spanish outlet Grand Hotel Calciomercato have reported that United are considering a two-year contract offer as Los Blancos try to reduce their wage budget due to the ongoing pandemic.

They state that although the Spain international is looking to retain his current wage of €15m (£13.4m) per season until the summer of 2024, Real have offered £11.1m per season until the summer of 2023.

The defender said after they secured La Liga glory in July: ”I’ll be here as many years as the President wants me to be here for. It doesn't depend on me.

"I’m delighted here and I want to end my career. I hope I can retire here.”

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not expecting any major additions during the January window.

He said earlier this week: “I think the signings we made in the summer strengthened the squad really well.

"Good signings, good characters, good players. January is always difficult but if something comes up you think is a long-term target anyway that's another scenario.

"But not many teams would like to lose their players in January, so it's unlikely something will happen on the inside. There might be two or three going out because, one, they deserve to play football, for their own good and for their own careers."

Before adding of the current strength of the Premier League: "Now the league is so different, so many teams can challenge and look at themselves as candidates to challenge the top teams.

"There weren't many teams to challenge for top two or top three positions; in a good year you win, bad year you come second or third.

“Now, there are so many other teams with big squads and strong squads that can challenge.”

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