Manchester United have offered Sergio Ramos a contract worth €55 million over five seasons according to reports in Spain.
The Real Madrid defender is said to be seeking a move away from the Bernabeu, with the Red Devils keen to get him on board to shore up their defence for next season.
Ramos has two years left on his contract in Spain, and is said to be unhappy with the fact that he hasn't been offered new terms, and is now seeking an exit.
Manchester United have informed Real Madrid of their interest and there is a possibility the 29-year-old will be used as part of deal which sees goalkeeper David de Gea head in the opposite direction.
Now according to Spanish newspaper AS, the Red Devils are hoping that the offer of a bumper contract will help seal the move. They say that the deal will be effectively worth €12 million in his first season at Old Trafford and decrease by €500,000 every year, meaning he will pocket €10 million in his final season.
It has previously been reported that Ramos wanted €10 million-per-year to remain with Real Madrid, meaning the former Sevilla defender will no doubt find the terms on offer with Manchester United favourable.
The terms would virtually put him on the same wage as striker Wayne Rooney, the club's current highest earner. Radamel Falcao earned a similar amount at Old Trafford during his loan spell last season.
Sport add that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for a rock at the heart of his defence in the mould of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand - and Ramos could well be the man for the job.
Ramos has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the Bernabeu for around €180 million, although there's no suggestion that the Spanish giants are holding out for that to be activated.
As it stands the most likely outcome is that the World Cup winner is used as part of a deal for De Gea, who is out of contract next season.
The former Atletico Madrid man has turned down an offer to earn £200,000-per-week in order to stay put for the long-term, and it's emerged today that he has put his house in Manchester up for sale ahead of a possible move.
Although all the pressure is on Manchester United to get the deal done because of the fact De Gea can leave for nothing next summer, this one will run and run for some time.
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