Rio Ferdinand has warned that Sergio Ramos won't be joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
The Spanish defender has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils in recent weeks having reportedly grown unhappy with life at the Bernabeu. Ramos has two years left to run on his contract and is said to be angry that he hasn't been offered new terms - and now he has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.
The BBC reported this morning that a bid of close to £30 million had been lodged by the 29-year-old - however Ferdinand remains sceptical that a deal will be done.
The former Manchester United defender, who retired from the game at the end of the season, is worried that Ramos is using his former club to secure a better deal in Spain.
He wrote on his official website: "I still can't see it. I think he'll stay at Madrid, where he'll play alongside Raphael Varane or Pepe next season.
"They've got three top centre-halves there and unless they've got another Varane coming through, I can't see them letting him go."
The 36-year-old joined Manchester United in a deal worth around £30 million from Leeds back in 2002 - and he believes paying a similar fee for a player with little sell-on value would be a mistake.
He explained: "It's a lot of money to spend on a guy who's 29 with no resale value so it's a huge, huge deal."
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for options at the back in order to improve his defensive unit. Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund appeared to be his top target however the German looks to be staying put, while Nicolas Otamendi is another target who appears to have fallen by the wayside.
Ferdinand is right to be cautious over the deal for Ramos - especially as Real Madrid are trying to sign David de Gea.
However it seems as though all the signs are pointing to this being the real deal. The BBC are of course incredibly reliable with their information and Manchester United wouldn't waste their time if they thought bidding was pointless.
It may still not happen - and the price is an argument for another day - however this looks like being a transfer saga that has legs.