Manchester United have made a new bid for Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos to the tune of €45m despite recent comments from Florentino Perez that he is not for sale, according to AS.
The Spanish central defender was made captain of Madrid in the wake of Iker Casillas’ departure to Porto and he is currently on tour with the club in Australia but United’s interest continues.
United have reportedly offered Madrid a fresh bid of €45m but the Spanish club are believed to be holding out for double that. United are also willing to offer the player an €11m salary, which is double the money he is currently making, and more than Madrid are willing to pay him.
United currently have four central defenders on their pre-season tour of the United States in Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair. Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, is currently on holiday after the Copa America. If United are to contend for titles in Europe and at home next year they will have to sign an older, more experienced player.
Ramos was believed to be the perfect man to fill that role but the stories we have been hearing regarding the his possible transfer keep changing and it appears that Madrid president Perez is not willing to lose two club legends in the space of one summer having already sold Casillas.
Madrid still want David de Gea and with van Gaal reportedly digging his heels in on that transfer, Perez has decided to do the same with Ramos.