Manchester United's move for Sergio Ramos has hit an unlikely stumbling block after it was claimed that his mum wants him to remain with Real Madrid.
The Spanish defender is said to keen on leaving the Bernabeu following a bust up over his contract, and Manchester United have already lodged a bid for his services.
The BBC reported this morning that Manchester United have made one £28.6 million bid for the 29-year-old and although there's no news over whether it has been accepted previous reports have claimed that Madrid want a fee of around €65 million.
However the transfer may not happen after all and because of the most bizarre reason. Spanish football show El Chiringuito TV took the chance to grab an interview with the defender's Mum while she was still in her car, and she took the chance to burst Manchester United's balloon.
"Sergio wants to stay in Madrid," she is quoted as saying in the interview.
The news will be a blow to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal who is said to be chasing Ramos in order to add some experience to his defensive unit.
Their pursuit of the former Sevilla man, who has made more than 400 appearances for Real Madrid, is complicated by the Spanish giants' interest in goalkeeper David de Gea.
The Red Devils are believed to be willing to pay Ramos €12 million in his first season at Old Trafford - €2 million more than he is demanding from Madrid according to newspaper Marca.
Ramos has two years remaining on his contract in Spain and is said to be unhappy that the club delayed offering him new terms. Marca say that Madrid are currently offering him €7.5 million, and the powers that be at Manchester United are fearful they're being used to secure a better deal.
This is all part and parcel of the classic summer transfer saga - the off-message quote from a family member is as well-established as the saying: 'I'm happy but in football you never know'.
Of course Ramos would prefer to stay in Madrid - but that doesn't mean he will. If Manchester United offer him a hefty wage packet and a new challenge to take on before he retires he may still leave, but it's all in the balance.
It seems from the outside that Ramos' 'unhappiness' at the lack of a contract offer is easily resolved and not something alone that is enough to prompt his exit. Only time will tell what is really going on.
Is Ramos just using Manchester United to get a new contract with Real Madrid?
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