Sergio Ramos tells Real Madrid he wants to join Manchester United, not City
The multi-million pound transfer call-my-bluff between Manchester United, their Spanish target Sergio Ramos and his club Real Madrid is nearing end game.
Reports in Spain last night claimed that Ramos has told Madrid that he wants to leave and that he is only interested in joining United, despite interest from Manchester City.
However, United have already failed with an initial bid of around £30m, against Real’s £65m valuation of the 29-year-old defender who has been accused of using United interest to boost a transfer renewal bid.
An official transfer request, however, would be the point of no return that could trigger a swap deal for United keeper David de Gea to move to Madrid who are expected to intensify efforts to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu this week to prevent the Spain keeper having to return to United for pre-season training next week.
United expect to seal the £24million signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton before the end of this week.