Manchester United have lodged a second bid for Sergio Ramos worth €60 million to Real Madrid, with the Spanish club starting to admit defeat in their attempts to keep hold of the defender.
Ramos is believed to have previously informed Real Madrid of his desire to leave the Bernabeu and Manchester United have already had one bid of £32 million rejected - however the Red Devils won't take no for an answer as they look to add experience to their back line.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester United have not only made an improved offer but Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's pleas with Ramos to remain in Spain have fallen on deaf years and he plans to push on with his attempts to seal a transfer.
The Independent add that Ramos has asked the Real Madrid president to seriously consider any offer made for him, while Perez has asked the former Sevilla man to think about his future and hold more discussions when he returns from a break in America.
It is positive news for Manchester United that Ramos' desire to leave Real Madrid appears genuine, and isn't a ploy to secure improved terms at the Bernabeu. The 29-year-old defender has two years left on his current contract and is said to be annoyed that he hasn't been offered a new deal yet.
Manchester United's move to sign Ramos is complicated by the fact the goalkeeper David de Gea is said to be seeking a move in the opposite direction.
The Spanish international is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and he has refused to sign a new deal. Any talks over Ramos will inevitably lead to a conversation about De Gea, and Manchester United are holding out for a fee in excess of £32 million to let him leave. Real Madrid are unlikely to go anywhere near that figure.
De Gea's price tag could well be a negotiation ploy, with Real Madrid briefing journalists that they want €100 million - or more than £70 million - for Ramos.