Manchester United are said to be considering requesting a 10% agent’s fee from the proposed new contract of Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, according to sources at the club, in a bid to salvage something tangible from their summer-long pursuit of the centre back.
United were apparently convinced at one stage during the summer that the defender would eventually move to Old Trafford, when it appeared that his relationship with Madrid and its president Florentino Perez had reached an irreconcilable stage.
However, recent reports have stated that the club is willing to offer the Spanish international a bumper new contract to increase his earnings closer to those of the higher earners at the Bernabeu, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Garth Bale.
Though disappointed, Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is said to be confident of receiving the 10% fee, which is expected to be in the millions, for the months of work the club have inadvertently put in in securing Ramos’ new contract.
“Ed is very proud of all the work that we did for Sergio,” said a club source. “We made it clear to Madrid that we were happy to pay him what he wanted, the least they can do is pay us our due fee.”
“There are certain codes of conduct which should be observed here and at the very least Real Madrid have to compensate Manchester United for the long hours we’ve worked in securing this deal for Ramos,” added the source.
United have said that they expect payment within 48 hours of the contract extension being signed, after which time they will investigate legal avenues.
At press time Woodward had vowed, for what is believed to be the 43rd time, to not allow himself to fall for this sort of thing ever again.
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