Manchester United are wary that Sergio Ramos are using their interest in the defender as a ploy to get an improved contract at the Bernabeu.
So in order to protect their interests, the Red Devils have drawn up a list of Real Madrid players they want to be included in any deal for David de Gea according to the Daily Mail.
De Gea is out of contract next year and has rejected the chance to sign a new deal worth £200,000-per-week at Old Trafford. Real Madrid are believed to be close to sealing a deal for the Spanish international however the Red Devils are pushing to have Ramos included in the deal.
The defender has two years left on his current contract but is said to be annoyed talks haven't begun over new terms and is seeking an exit. Some reports go as far to suggest that Ramos is close to a move and has been learning English ahead of a move.
However according to the Mail, Manchester United are concerned that Ramos is using their genuine interest in them in order to secure a more favourable deal; just as Dani Alves did with Barcelona last month.
The Mail adds that Manchester United have a contingency list in case Ramos does pledge his future to Real Madrid - and will insist they get at least one player included in the deal.
At the very top of the list is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar has been linked with a move back to Old Trafford for some time and is said to have his own problems at Madrid, and could move regardless.
Ronaldo's long-term heir Gareth Bale is also said to be on the list of players wanted by Manchester United after the Welshman endured a difficult 2014/15 campaign. The former Spurs ace has publicly denied that he could be leaving the club and Real Madrid will want to recoup the majority of the £83 million fee the forked out in 2013 for him.
Karim Benzema - who has been linked with the Red Devils independently of the negotiations with De Gea - Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal are also said to be on the list of players wanted by Manchester United.
Reports coming from Spain today suggest that Manchester United are willing to offer €30 million plus De Gea in order to land Ramos.
Manchester United are seemingly doing all they can to manoeuvre the deal for De Gea in their favour, despite the fact that they have very little leverage given that the goalkeeper can walk away for nothing next year.
If they can get a player who fills in a problem position in a straight swap then they should consider it a win, simply because they are almost certain to lose De Gea regardless. When money becomes involved, like AS have suggested today, then the water starts to get a little muddier.