United offer £35m bid and a five-year contract worth £150,000-a-week to the defender
Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit to sign Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, and have tabled a £35m bid for the Spanish international – as well as a five-year contract worth £150,000-a-week.
Ramos has fallen out with Real President, Florentino Perez, after his current deal was allowed to run down to its final two-years.
Previous contract talks held by both parties to try and amend the situation, ultimately stalled, as the Madrid failed to back-down to Ramos‘ wage demands.
Reports in Spain suggest that the 29-year-old not only feels under-valued by his current employers, but also no longer wanted at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ramos met with Madrid officials on Wednesday morning at their Valdebebas training ground, to hold talks regarding his future, and newspaper AS claimed that he gave no assurances that he wanted to remain in the Spanish capital.
Neither Ramos, nor Madrid have announced anything public regarding the matter, though Spanish media have suggested that the defender – who has played over 400 times for Real, wants to leave for pastures new this summer.
United make their move
And United have tested the resolve of Los Blancos, by submitting a formal bid for Ramos – in the hope that they can get a deal done swiftly.
Initially, the Red Devils considered a straight swap deal involving goalkeeper, and Madrid target, David De Gea – as part of any deal for Ramos, with the 24-year-old shot-stopper linked with a return to his homeland, after four-years in England.
Louis Van Gaal is keen to bring the former World Cup winner to Old Trafford this summer – in preparation for their return to the Champions League next season.
The Dutch native eyes Ramos as an ideal recruit to solve the defensive woes that United faced last season.
By Ben Reardon