Manchester United fear that Sergio Ramos will agree to stay at Real Madrid and have subsequently made a last-ditch attempt to lure him at Old Trafford by offering the defender a staggering €11 million net per season.
This is an increase on the €10 million-a-year deal that the Red Devils reportedly offered the World Cup winner earlier this summer.
News of Manchester United’s increased offer comes via Spanish newspaper Marca, who understand that Ramos has been handed the captain’s armband at the Bernabeu following the departure of Iker Casillas.
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The report adds that Ramos is willing to stay at Real Madrid for less money than Manchester United are prepared to pay him, but only if his relationship with certain members of the Bernabeu hierarchy is patched up first.
Marca say Ramos’s relationship with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is “as cold as ice” - although the two men were seen embracing and smiling last Thursday as the squad reconvened following their summer break.
Ramos flies out for pre-season tour
Ramos has flown with the rest of his Real Madrid teammates for the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and China - and Marca believe this will provide the perfect opportunity for the Spain international and Perez to settle their differences.
Real Madrid, they say, cannot afford to lose their two captains in the same summer.
Los Blancos had hoped to have secured the services of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea before jetting off for their pre-season tour, but the Red Devils are holding firm.
They have made it clear that they will only sell De Gea, 24, if they can bag at least one star player in return - preferably their first-choice, Ramos, along with goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Van Gaal wants Ramos to become the club's fifth summer following following the arrivals of Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
David de Gea could stay with United
De Gea is now expected to fly out to the United States with the rest of his Manchester United teammates on Monday and could feature for the Red Devils against Club America later this week.
Real Madrid officials are starting to fear they will not sign De Gea this summer due to United’s unrealistic demands.
Should Manchester United continue to dig their heels in, De Gea is likely to spend another season at Old Trafford before leaving on a free transfer next summer instead.
Real Madrid would make up De Gea’s wages that he would have earned with Manchester United this season - had he signed a contract extension - with a lucrative signing-on fee.
Manchester United fans: do you want Sergio Ramos at Old Trafford next season? Is it a good idea to keep an unhappy David de Gea for a full season? Have your say in the comments below!