Real Madrid have grown frustrated with Manchester United over negotiations for David de Gea, and have put them on hold until next month.
De Gea is believed to have his heart set on a move to Madrid and has refused to sign a contract extension with the Red Devils worth £200,000-per-week.
However Manchester United have briefed various media outlets that the only way they will be letting the former Atletico Madrid man leave is if Real include defender Sergio Ramos as part of their offer.
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Real Madrid aren't willing to do that as things stand, and have made the 28-year-old club captain for next season in an attempt to keep him. Manchester United have had one offer for his services turned down, believed to be in the region of £30 million, as they look to bolster their defensive line.
According to Marca, Real Madrid have grown 'frustrated' with Manchester United's approach to negotiations, so have decided that a break is in order.
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The Red Devils are willing to let De Gea walk away for nothing at the end of his contract next year, rather than let him go for a fee in the region of £25 million.
Real Madrid appear to be gearing up for that possibility and have already agreed a deal with Espanyol for the transfer of Kiko Casilla. Keylor Navas has been handed the number one shirt for next season and as it stands those two will complete for the gloves.
Despite that, Ramos is said to have told Real Madrid that he wants to leave and could still force a deal, with Manchester United his preferred destination.
Although this transfer saga seems to be drifting towards an inconclusive end, there's still plenty of time left for once club to soften their stance slightly, and then it's all systems go.
De Gea wants to leave and Manchester United have accepted that he won't pen a new contract with the club, either this year or next. However such is their stature that they can afford to lose the money and hope his performances next season at home and abroad are good enough to more than cover his potential fee.
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