Manchester United are set to make a final offer for Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos worth €60 million, reports Spanish newspaper AS.
It was previously claimed that the Red Devils had launched an opening bid of €45m for the Spain international and were told that only a bid of €90m would convince Real Madrid to sell.
However, they are ready to test Florentino Perez's resolve by increasing their bid by €15m and will declare it as their best and final offer.
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The two clubs have already failed to agree a potential swap deal between Ramos and David de Gea, who still looks set to move to the Bernabeu at some point this summer.
But it now seems that the two deals are causing friction between officials from Old Trafford and the Spanish capital, leaving the prospect of neither players moving this summer.
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There is still a firm belief in the Bernabeu boardroom that Ramos has no intention of leaving Madrid this summer and is simply using interest from Manchester United to get a significant pay rise.
Currently earning €6m-a-year, the 29-year-old has demanded a wage of €10m in negotiations. With Manchester United willing to pay him €11m-a-year it is clear to see where the demand stems from.
But Real Madrid believe that if they entertain an offer from Manchester United, then Ramos will lower his wage demands and eventually agree to extend his contract. By simply allowing him to think about leaving the Spanish capital will be enough to scare him back into order.
It leaves Manchester United in an enviable position. Under this suggestion, their latest offer from Ramos is likely to bring officials from both clubs around the negotiating table once again.
However, according to Real Madrid's thoughts, it will leave them no closer to getting their man and simply waste more of their time.
A centre-back is still needed to balance this Red Devils squad and Van Gaal has already failed to convince Mats Hummels to leave Borussia Dortmund. It is time for the Manchester United manager to get his priorities in order.
Are Manchester United just wasting time by pursuing Sergio Ramos or do they have a chance to sign him?
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