Where would Sergio Ramos move leave Man United duo?
With reports that Sergio Ramos has asked Real Madrid for a move to Manchester United, who could miss out should the transfer happen?
After weeks of speculation linking Sergio Ramos with a transfer to Manchester United, reports have begun to circulate that the Spanish international has now told Madrid that he wants to leave the club and join the Red Devils.
These are the claims of Spanish football expert, Graham Hunter. Sources close to the defender have said that after hearing of United’s reported bid of £28.6m and with Real stalling on offering him a new contract beyond the two years remaining on his current deal, Ramos has made he wishes clear that he wants to leave La Liga and begin a new challenge in the Premier League.
As Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal continues to develop a side that can challenge for the Premier League title, Ramos would be a clear sign of intent in the Dutchman’s plans to compete for silverware next season.
Current defensive duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will be keeping a close eye on proceedings and Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have studied the pair against Ramos in the last twelve months in an attempt to reveal which player is the most at risk should the Spaniard’s switch materialise.
Of the six key criteria analysed, Ramos has outperformed the United duo for three, pass completion (90 per cent to 88 per cent and 85 per cent), aerial duels won (68 per cent to 65.7 per cent and 59.7 per cent) and blocks per game (0.8 to 0.6 and 0.3).
However, Jones leads for the other three. The 23-year-old excels for tackles won per game (1.9 to 1.3 and 0.9), interceptions per game (3.2 to 2.4 and 2.3) and clearances per game (8 to 4.2 and 6.5).
The stats suggest that Ramos and Jones share a mixture of qualities that have the potential to complement each other.
So where would that leave Smalling? After committing his future to Manchester United until 2019 recently, could the defender be left out in the cold by van Gaal if Ramos’ reported switch to Old Trafford does happen?