Florentino Perez: Manchester United were interested in Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema

by Ben Topliss

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that Manchester United were interested in Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane as well as Sergio Ramos this summer.

Madrid made no secret of their interest in Man United’s David de Gea but Ed Woodward reportedly maintained for much of the transfer window that he would not be sold unless a player came the other way.

Ramos was at the centre of a well publicised saga but Perez blocked his move to United as he didn’t want to lose another stalwart following the departure of Iker Casillas.

“We know that United showed interest in Bale, Benzema and Varane,” Perez said.

Florentino Perez

On United’s interest in Ramos, Perez said: “I never saw Ramos leaving this club; he was never close to doing so. Manchester United meddled in the situation. Those who want to do harm to Real Madrid meddle but nothing really happened, nothing more than happens every summer.”

It appears that Madrid were never interested in giving up one of their players in return for De Gea and United eventually caved in and opened negotiations with Madrid over the keeper on the final day of the Spanish window.

Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on which way you look at it, De Gea’s proposed move to the Bernabeu broke down as the paperwork was not submitted in time. The two clubs have now entered a war of words over the debacle and it is safe to say that United can forget about signing any Madrid players for a while yet.

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