Sergio Ramos is 'very close' to signing a new contract with Real Madrid according to reports in Spain.
The Spanish international defender is said to have told his employers that he wants to leave in order to join Manchester United, who have already had one offer of £28 million turned down by the Spanish giants.
The Red Devils were hoping to secure the 29-year-old's services as part of a swap deal for goalkeeper David de Gea, however it looks as though that deal could be off.
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Madrid-based newspaper Marca claim that club president Florentino Perez has made it his priority to tie Ramos down to a new contract before trying to land De Gea in a big money deal.
The paper adds that Perez believes he is 'very close' to reaching an agreement with Ramos, who was said to be furious at the lack of talks over his future which prompted his desire to join Manchester United.
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The Red Devils were wary that Ramos was using their interest to land a big deal at the Bernabeu, however they were assured that wasn't the case and pressed forward with their attempts to sign him.
Real Madrid are currently in China as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season, and Perez is travelling with the party.
The club president was seen on stage sharing an awkward-looking exchange with Ramos yesterday, however he has held a secret meeting with the new club captain and a deal to ensure he stays away from Manchester United is close.
Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez insisted last week that Ramos is '100 percent' staying put, despite his reported desire to leave.
It looks as though Manchester United have had their worst fears confirmed. There was always a danger that Ramos was threatening to join the Red Devils in order to gain leverage for talks with Madrid, and it's likely that is exactly what has happened.
It's worth noting that Marca have produced a million and one stories on Ramos over the past few weeks and it was only last week that they reported that Manchester United were asking the defender to go public with his desire to leave the Bernabeu.
As it stands Ramos has two years left on his contract so conveniently Manchester United's interest has hurried Perez into action. If he does sign a contract, it would surely end any hope Madrid have of signing De Gea this summer.