Manchester United have told Sergio Ramos he must try and force his way out of Real Madrid in order to complete a move to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils wants their primary target to publicly declare his desire to leave, hoping that it will put the pressure on Madrid to relent and sell up according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
Manchester United have already had one offer for Ramos turned down worth around £30 million, however Madrid don't want to sell and have reportedly quoted a prohibitively large asking price to ward them off.
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Ramos is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League having grown frustrated with the fact that he hasn't been offered a bumper new contract to remain at the Bernabeu.
The 28-year-old has two years left to run on his current deal and Madrid are under no pressure to sell up. The veteran defender has been named club captain after Iker Casillas' departure in the hope it will appease him.
According to Marca, Manchester United have been ramping up the pressure on Real Madrid in recent weeks, although they are yet to relent in their approach to selling goalkeeper David de Gea.
Boss Louis van Gaal admitted earlier this week that Ramos is a 'possibility', while he remains tight-lipped over the future of De Gea.
Both players have returned to pre-season training with their respective clubs and with neither side willing to budge as things stand, the saga looks set to run until the end of the window. Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez insisted yesterday that Ramos won't be sold at any price this summer. "I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal, but Sergio will be staying with us," the Spaniard said. "He is our player, our captain. I would like to see him at the beginning of the season, because he's a key player for us."