United's hopes of securing Ramos, in what effectively could be a swap deal with Real for De Gea, have been strengthened by the fact that the 29-year-old is profoundly unhappy with how the Spanish club have allowed his contract to run down into its final two years.
Though Ramos has indulged in mind games with Real in the past, and it cannot be ruled out that he is playing suitors for a new contract, this level of disillusion appears to be different. Ramos has indicated he wants to leave Madrid and that a new start at Old Trafford is his preference. Real, who are thought to have indicated to United already that they will not sell them striker Karim Benzema as part of an exchange for De Gea, appear to have made a first, low offer for De Gea - around £12m - which indicates their belief that his contractual uncertainty reduces his value. The goalkeeper is out of contract and can leave on a free next summer.
But United can capitalise on Ramos's doubt about his own future by offering him the kind of deal the Spanish club is unwilling to provide. Ramos, who is also thought to have been unhappy about Real's decision to sack former coach Carlo Ancelotti, believes he is entitled to a €10m-a-year (£7.1m) deal - which equates to around £140,000 a week. United would certainly be capable of meeting that.
Real may want money as well as De Gea in exchange for Ramos, whom they signed from Seville for £19.3m in 2005, but the sum would not be inordinate. The defender has a €200m (£143m) buyout clause, though it is thought the Spanish club want around €65m (£46.5m) - or equivalent value - for a player who would deliver a vast wealth of Champions League experience to Louis van Gaal's defence.
It was the Spaniard's last-minute goal which took the 2014 Champions League final into extra time and allowed Madrid to win their 10th European Cup. His current deal runs out in 2017.
Ramos's indignation with his contract situation at Real is based on the fact that a substantial number of the continent's top defenders earn more than £140,000 a week, including Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva and David Luiz.
Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Majo claimed three days ago he had been offered the chance to sign Ramos. The lack of a Real message that he is not for sale has not gone unnoticed by Ramos' representatives. Club president Florentino Perez's unwillingness to offer a new contract is also a positive sign for United. It is highly unusual for Perez, who has appointed Rafael Benitez to succeed Ancelotti, to allow a player to run his contract down.
United have fought a long campaign to keep De Gea but the view from the Spanish capital is that his desire to move enables them to go for him whenever they want. – The Independent
Original source: United want Ramos in De Gea deal