Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Sergio Ramos will never move to Old Trafford and all the transfer talk is just his agent trying to secure a good deal for the Spaniard.
United have had a £35m bid rejected by the player, according to the Mirror, but the player is reportedly keen on trying out new avenues after Madrid President Florentino Perez refused to offer him the third best contract at the club behind Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. United are willing to offer him a contract in the same lines as Wayne Rooney, thus making him among the highest paid players at the club.
However, Ferdinand, who has won countless trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson, believes all the talk is just a facade and will cool down sooner rather than later when contract talks begin between the player and Madrid. United are in the market for a defender in the same mould as Ferdinand, whose partnership with Nemanja Vidic at the back is heralded as among United's best defences in recent history.
"Ramos to Manchester United? It ain't happening. He ain't going to Manchester United," Ferdinand said, as quoted by Goal.
"He's at Real Madrid with, I think, a new contract coming up. Maybe the agent is putting [rumours] out saying he wants [to leave] so Real Madrid come back in with a bumper offer and he signs on the dotted line. Happy days."
United have also been linked with Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich but Ferdinand has put cold water over the rumour, stating that the German legend is unlikely to switch leagues so late in his career.
"I get the same feeling with the Ramos deal. It's not necessarily the players but the people looking after them bartering around for a new deal so they use other clubs sometimes.
"Schweinsteiger is in the [Ryan] Giggs and [Steven] Gerrard mould. He is a one-club man and I'm sure he would like to end his career at Bayern Munich," Ferdinand concluded.