It has been one of the most talked about transfer sagas of the window. Will Sergio Ramos be joining Manchester United?
Well we are still no closer to finding out. But, according to Spanish newspaper AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is set for showdown talks with the newly instated club captain in the coming days.
The paper are also reporting that a salary has already been verbally agreed between Ramos and Man United and all that is left to iron out is the transfer fee.
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Madrid are currently competing in the International Champions Cup. They face Manchester City in Australia on Friday before heading to China, where the talks are scheduled to take place, to finish the competition against AC and Inter Milan.
Following the backlash the club president received for selling Iker Casillas, he is reluctant to see another long-term servant of the club walk out the door in the same summer.
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Manchester United have already lodged a formal bid of €60 million, however Madrid have insisted the Spain international is not for sale. According to the Independant Ramos pleaded with Perez for any offers for his services to be seriously considered having become disillusioned with life in the Spanish capital.
With Madrid interested in David de Gea as their long-term replacement for Casillas, it appeared the two clubs were stuck in a tug of war, with both reluctant to sell one of their prized assets. United were insistent they would not part with their number one, unless Ramos was involved in the deal.
During his latest press conference in Seattle, Louis van Gaal spoke about Ramos and signalled that a deal for the 29-year-old could still be in the works and following these latest claims from the Spanish tabloid it is clear to see Perez is worried.
The president is not currently in Australia, but plans to be in Guangzhou and Shanghai to watch Rafa Benitez's side take on the two Milan clubs. He will be doing everything in his power to hold on to Ramos, but it appears United are homing in on their man.
However, with the paper reporting a wage has already been agreed between the Manchester and the player it may be too late for Perez to hold onto Ramos.
A move for the former Sevilla man would most definitely signal the end of David de Gea's time in Manchester, with the Spanish stopper already signalling his desire to return to Madrid and play for Real and talk of a cash plus player swap has begun to gather pace again.
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