By recruiting Sergio Ramos, Manchester United may bolster their options in central defence.
Although the seasoned defender, who turns 35 in March, is reportedly in negotiations over a contract extension with Real Madrid, there seems to be a stumbling block over wages.
That could cause the Red Devils to step in before what could be the last few years of his tremendously successful career and sign Ramos on a free transfer.
While his current pay package will be one of the most costly at the club, Ed Woodward may be tempted by the lack of a transfer fee to offer a short-term contract.
Spanish outlet Grand Hotel Calciomercato announced that, due to the ongoing pandemic, United is contemplating a two-year contract offer as Los Blancos strive to minimize their wage budget.
They state that while Ramos aims to maintain its current salary of EUR 15m (£ 13.4m) per season until the summer of 2024, until the summer of 2023, Real offered £ 11.1m per season.
After they won La Liga glory in July, the defender said: “I’ll be here for as many years as the President wants me to be.” It’s not based on me.
“Here I am delighted and I want to put an end to my career. I hope I can retire.”