Manchester United launched a €45 million bid for Real Madrid's new captain Sergio Ramos, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
But before Old Trafford erupts at the prospect of another high profile signing, United fans should know that Real Madrid are going to reject the offer.
Not only that, but they are going to tell Ed Woodward and Co not to bother coming back unless they agree to pay €90m.
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That is a lot of money even for a club as rich as the Red Devils. The €90m wanted by Real Madrid is approximately £63m, which would make the 29-year-old the most expensive player in British football.
Manchester United agreed to pay £59.7m to sign Angel di Maria from the same club last summer, but will be forced to break their own record if they want to seal their top defensive target.
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They would also have to make Ramos one of the highest earners at the club with the player thought to be demanding €11m-a-year.
Reports of captaincy
Florentino Perez made his position perfectly clear during the official announcement of Iker Casillas' departure, declaring that he is not willing to let a player of Ramos' calibre leave.
He said: "There are players on contract that the club does not want to let go and are not going to leave."
In their latest attempt to keep Ramos at the Bernabeu, reports have suggested that the 128-cap Spain international will be given the captain's armband. Such an offer, along with a hefty contract extension, may be enough to end Manchester United's hopes.
De Gea speculation
But one idea that won't go away is that of a possible swap deal between David de Gea and Ramos himself. Real Madrid are desperate to sign the goalkeeper but have so far failed to launch an official offer.
Having let Casillas leave for Porto, Real Madrid are without a big name between the sticks and may be forced to offer Ramos in some sort of deal.
One suspects that it would be Manchester United who would be forced to pay a hefty sum as well as offering De Gea.
Would it represent good value if Manchester United swapped David de Gea for Sergio Ramos?
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