In an ideal world, Manchester United would sign both Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Ramos to sure up their defence ahead of an assault on the Premier League title next term.
Otamendi enjoyed a fantastic campaign for Valencia in La Liga last season while Ramos is widely regarded to be one of the best centre-backs in the world having won numerous trophies with Real Madrid and over 100 caps for Spain.
However, we don’t live in a perfect world and Man United may well drop their interest in one if they sign the other due to the astronomical transfer fees said to be involved.
We asked our Twitter followers for their thoughts on who they would sign if they had to choose between the two:
@PeoplesPerson_ Ramos every day. He's an elite defender and has been consistently for 10 years. Otamendi excellent but only for one year
— Daniel Feliciano (@dmf180593) June 25, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Otamendi is younger, better in long term and pals with Di Maria and Rojo
— THE_RED_DEVIL* (@ManUtdFan2015) June 25, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Otamendi, he as much as the so called "bastard" that ramos is if not more and is slightly more composed on the pitch
— Atul Deep Chhabra (@atuldc) June 25, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Ramos is like the Roy keane of defenders, we need that, would love both players
— bradley (@jonjonbr) June 25, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Ramos easily. proven himself over a longer time, winner,brings wealth of European experience abv all ball playing defender
— basheer (@basheer_rio) June 25, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Ramos. Granted he's older but he's a real leader and arguably the most complete CB around. Wouldn't mind both though ?
— // (@HBK_MUFC) June 25, 2015
— Fady McDesouky (@RvLittlePea) June 25, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ none. Keep Evans
— Adrian (@teandbusquets) June 25, 2015
Of course, either player would be a fantastic addition should they come in.
Perhaps Ramos is the more experienced of the two due to his triumphs in the Champions League and at international level, but Otamendi is no slouch.
The hope for United fans is that the uncertainty surrounding the pair is resolved soon. Louis van Gaal’s side need to hit the ground running next season and getting new faces in early will help them achieve that.