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Manchester United met Sergio Ramos agent in London hotel

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Manchester United held a private meeting with the agent of Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos back in April to clarify their interest in the Spanish World Cup winner.

This is according to a new report from Spanish newspaper AS, who claim Rene Ramos - the brother and agent of the Real Madrid centre-back - met with representatives from Manchester United in a London hotel.

United officially informed Rene Ramos of their interest in signing his brother, whose relationship with Los Blancos has deteriorated rapidly over recent weeks.

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It was reported on Sunday afternoon, by AS, that Ramos had made the shock decision to leave Real Madrid, angered by the club’s failure to deny reports linking him with an unlikely move to rivals Barcelona amongst other reasons.

Manchester United, already aware of Ramos’s situation, have asked for the 29-year-old centre-back in exchange for their wantaway goalkeeper David de Gea.

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United to offer €30m + De Gea

This new report adds that Manchester United are willing to offer Real Madrid €30 million, along with De Gea, in order to sign the former Sevilla star - bringing the combined total fee up to between €70 and €75 million.

Manchester United would prefer to hold on to De Gea, despite the presence of Victor Valdes, but the world-class goalkeeper has one year left to run on his contract and has his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu.

The Red Devils have also been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane, but Ramos is the one Real Madrid star who could conceivably leave Los Blancos this summer.

Ramos 'wants' new Real Madrid contract

Of course, these latest reports - which, incidentally, Ramos is refusing to deny - could be an elaborate ploy from the defender to earn an improve deal with his current employers.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague feels this is the case, insisting Real Madrid have no intention of selling the central defender this summer.

The Spanish giants want Ramos and Varane to become the club’s new first-choice centre-back pairing, with Pepe set to turn 33 next season.

Ramos likely to stay with Real Madrid

That Manchester United are keen on Ramos should come as little surprise - but that doesn’t mean they’ll succeed in signing him.

Ramos is a proven winner, having won just about every major trophy up for grabs for both club and country over the past decade.

He would slot straight into United’s back-line with consummate ease, bringing some much-needed leadership and additional quality to the Red Devils’ defence.

But it would still be a huge surprise if Real Madrid agree to sell arguably their best centre-back this summer.

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