‘Ramos irreparable, De Gea a priority’

Real Madrid have to pay €10m compensation to David De Gea if he isn’t signed by August 20, while some believe Sergio Ramos has no future at Madrid.

El Pais reports a ‘crisis cabinet’ meeting of the Madrid high command held earlier in July at which the two players were discussed, as well as Madrid’s other goalkeepers Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla.

Casilla and Navas were judged to be good players but too inexperienced and liable to face a backlash from a Santiago Bernabeu crowd unhappy at how Iker Casillas was pushed out of the club.

That reportedly led the brass to conclude De Gea remains an immediate priority, but it’s felt United will only let him go this summer if Madrid do likewise with Ramos.

El Pais add that Madrid and De Gea have a contract that binds Los Blancos to buy him, although doesn’t say when the transfer will happen.

But it contains a clause that calls for compensation if the deal isn’t done by a certain date – a figure of €10m if the transfer isn’t completed by August 20 and €5m if it’s not happened by September 1.

De Gea’s contract at United expires next summer, meaning he will eventually join Madrid regardless, and potentially on a free transfer, but United are willing to hold on to the goalkeeper as a chip to barter with for Ramos.

A €60m offer was recently made for the centre-back and El Pais say there are people at Madrid who believe the club should accept as there’s no way to repair the relationship between club and player.

It’s suggested there’s ill will between Ramos and some of the Madrid members who don’t appreciate his stance over wanting a better contract and wanting to leave the club.

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