Manchester United have had a £32 million offer for Sergio Ramos rejected according to the Independent.
The Spanish defender is said to seeking a move away from the Bernabeu, and could still be used as part of a deal for want away goalkeeper David de Gea.
Manchester United have told Real Madrid of their interest in the defender, who has two years of his deal left to run in Spain, and Ramos himself is said to have told the powers that be at the Bernabeu that he wants to leave.
The saga looks no closer to being resolved however, with the Independent reporting that Manchester United's initial offer has been turned down. The paper adds that Ramos is keen to get his future resolved in the next two weeks before pre-season training starts.
Real Madrid are believed to value Ramos at €65 million, meaning Manchester United are some way off a deal. The most obvious solution is to include De Gea as part of the deal, however that presents its own issues.
The Spanish goalkeeper has refused to put pen to paper on a new contract worth £200,000-per-week at Old Trafford, and unless a deal is struck could walk away for nothing next year.
Manchester United are reported to have a huge contract worth €55 million lined up over five years for Ramos, however as it stands a deal seems some way off.
Manchester United want record fee for De Gea
Another problem is the fact that the Manchester Evening News are reporting this morning that Manchester United will demand a world record fee for De Gea.
Gianluigi Buffon is currently the most expensive goalkeeper of all time however the Red Devils want at least £33 million to sanction a move. Given that the Spaniard is in the last year of his contract that is highly unlikely, and Real Madrid are said to have had one bid of €18 million turned down already.
Buffon made the move from Parma to Juventus back in 2001 for a fee of around £32 million which remains the highest ever transfer fee paid by any club for a 'keeper but senior chiefs at the Theatre of Dreams believe De Gea is worth more. It's worth noting that when adjusted for inflation the deal for Buffon works out at over £48 million.
Gaitan agent confirms transfer talks
Manchester United could finally secure the signature of Nicolas Gaitan this summer after the Benfica midfielder's agent Jose Irribarran confirmed that negotiations are under way regarding a big-money move to Old Trafford.
That's according to the London Evening Standard, who carry quotes from the Argentina international's representative taken from an interview with Portuguese newspaper A Bola, stating that talks with senior Red Devils chiefs have already taken place.