It’s taken quite a lot to bring the mood of our resident Manchester United fans down here in the Football Transfer Tavern after the treble signings of Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin recently.
However, following BBC Sport reporting quotes from Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez that Sergio Ramos will be staying at the Bernabeu this summer, this has left our resident Red Devils looking a little peeved.
In one of the most public pursuits of the transfer window so far, it is clear Louis van Gaal had designs on adding the vastly experienced Spanish international to his back line but that prospect now looks to have been a pipedream with Benitez categorically ruling out of a transfer.
Former Liverpool boss Benitez claimed: “I see Sergio as an integral part of our team. He’s a winner and that’s what we need.
“The president has already commented that he is staying with the club.”
While United have of course been busy in the transfer window already this summer, a lot still needs to be done with an alternative centre back required, not to mention a replacement for Robin van Persie.
Concentrating on the centre back situation today however, we’ve come up with a lost of five other targets van Gaal now needs to switch his attentions to.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 alternative Manchester United signings now Sergio Ramos is staying at Real Madrid.