According to The Telegraph, Manchester United’s initial bid of £32m for Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has been rejected by the La Liga giants.
John Percy from the newspaper has stated that Louis van Gaal is still eager to complete a deal for Ramos, and has received encouragement from elsewhere that a deal for the Madrid defender is possible.
It was reported over the past couple of days that Manchester United were eager to capture Ramos, who is suggested to be looking for a way out of Madrid, because of personal issues.
However, Ramos is still yet to go public with his desire to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, something the Red Devils are eager for him to do.
The Spanish international has two years remaining on his current deal at Los Blancos, and has met with club officials on Wednesday morning in an attempt to clear up his future.
He informed José Ángel Sánchez, the club’s chief executive that he would be willing to hold formal negotiations with Ed Woordward and co at Manchester United, ending a relationship with Madrid that has lasted nearly a decade.
When the news first broke out about the potential switch from Madrid to Manchester, it was reported that Ramos would be used as part of the deal that would take goal keeper David De Gea in the opposite direction. However, the 29-year-old doesn’t want to be part of a deal that would see his good friend, Iker Casillas, get replaced.
Spanish media outlet AS have close links with the Ramos camp. They have claimed that the Manchester club have already stumped up an offer of a five-year-deal, with £39m worth of salary.