United raised bid for Ramos

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United's opening bid of £32m was quickly rejected by Madrid on Tuesday but with no sign of a breakthrough in relations between the defender and Real club president Florentino Perez, they seem to be attempting to maintain the bidding pace. That marginal increase on the first offer seems unlikely to trigger a breakthrough for United - but it may form the basis for talks in which the Old Trafford goalkeeper David de Gea's likely move to Madrid is part of the picture.

The new offer brings United nowhere near the €100m (£71m) Real say they want for Ramos. Sources close to the player were meanwhile suggesting that United were playing their own game of hardball by insisting they want £32.6m for De Gea. The high valuations of both players appear to be part of the negotiating process and nothing more.

The most significant aspect of the developing saga from the Madrid end yesterday was that the Spanish club have still not declared that they will not sell the 29-year-old Ramos.

Ramos and Perez have had a brief telephone conversation in which the player repeated his request that offers for him be considered. Perez was reported to have said words to the effect of: “Go on holiday and we'll talk about it when you get back.” The player is now on holiday in the United States.

There may also be developments next week in United's interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich and Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton. Schweinsteiger appears to be United's preferred option but if he opts not to be reunited with Louis van Gaal, who managed him at Bayern, Schneiderlin would be seen as another strong addition to the midfield.

The Independent

Original source: United raised bid for Ramos

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