Manchester United have launched an opening written offer of £35 million for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims that the Red Devils have started the process to try and bring the Spanish international to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, with the Mail suggesting that the player has asked the Spanish giants to consider the offer.
The long-term future of Ramos, of course, has been the subject of much debate in recent time, with the player seemingly unhappy at the Bernabeu.
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In fact, the report goes on to reveal that the 29-year-old met with the Real hierarchy on Wednesday to reiterate his desire to leave the club after his fallout with president Florentino Perez.
It appears, then, that Ramos is open to a move to the Theatre of Dreams, but it remains to be seen as to whether the Real Madrid hierarchy accept Manchester United's opening offer for the player.
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No De Gea involvement
One thing's for sure, United have made their move without involving shot-stopper David de Gea, who has been linked with a move in the opposite direction.
De Gea, who has secured back-to-back Player of the Year awards at the club, is recognised as one of the leading 'keepers in world football, and may well move to the Spanish capital in the near future.
Brilliant for United
There's no doubt about it, a £35m move for Ramos may well divide opinion at Old Trafford, but at 29-years of age, the Spaniard is one of the most established and experienced defenders in the game, and would only improve Van Gaal's options at the back in Manchester.
Ultimately, Ramos is the leader Manchester United are in desperate need of if they're going to be able to challenge Chelsea and Co. for the Premier League title next term.
Ok, so he has his faults, but he's enjoyed incredible success in the game and would only bring a winning mentality with him to the club. At the end of the day, the likes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all struggled to maintain their form and fitness over the last couple of years, so the Ramos move is no surprise.
Smalling, of course, enjoyed a fine end to the last campaign, so perhaps he'd prove the ideal partner for Ramos in 2015/16.
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