The defender is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid, sparking rumours of a move to Old Trafford this summer
Rio Ferdinand believes Sergio Ramos is using Manchester United to win an improved contract at Real Madrid.
Goal understands the 29-year-old held showdown talks with the Madrid hierarchy on Wednesday, with the player unhappy at the terms of the contract extension currently on offer.
Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Majo claimed last week that he was offered Ramos, but dismissed the notion as a ploy to get the player a better deal at Real.
Meanwhile, United have been heavily linked with the World Cup and two-time European Championship winner, though Ferdinand is not convinced a move will happen.
“Ramos to Manchester United? It ain’t happening. He ain’t going to Manchester United,” Ferdinand said in a video for his No.5 website.
“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.”
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is another player reportedly at the top of Louis van Gaal’s summer wishlist, but again Ferdinand expects the player to stay put despite the rumours.
He added: “I remember when I was at United and there were rumours he was coming to Manchester United; he wanted to come, he loves the club and sees himself as a Manchester United player, allegedly. Then he signs a new deal at Bayern Munich.
“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.”
Finishing off his round-up of the latest transfer rumours, the former defender was again less than impressed when the topic of Jack Wilshere’s future at Arsenal was raised.
“Arsenal can’t sell him… They can’t sell him,” he said. “That’s Mr Arsenal right there. He is Arsenal, he is living and breathing Arsenal. He doesn’t want to leave. Fans will pull the place down.”