Spanish football expert Graham Hunter told Sky Sports News this evening that Sergio Ramos wants to join Manchester United.
Ramos has told Madrid directly that he is absolutely and completely committed to leaving the club this summer, that he specifically wants them to begin negotiations with Manchester United and that he doesn't want them to negotiate with anybody except Manchester United.
It is a very firm display of intention from Manchester United. In Ramos they want someone who will form part of a firm spine of the team, who knows how to win, who has experience of winning, adding character and talent to what we saw was a regeneration under Louis van Gaal last season.
Ramos is the focal point of that development and that's why they have made the bid. Real Madrid can be under no illusions that Ramos wants to go to Manchester United and he expects them to comply.
The Real Madrid player was first linked with a move to Old Trafford just over week ago. The Guardian's Sid Lowe wrote that United would be amenable to allowing David De Gea join Madrid if Ramos was to move the other way.
Sky Sports also say that Louis van Gaal's side have lodged a £28.6 million bid for the centre back.
BREAKING: Sky Sources: Manchester United bid £28.6m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 29, 2015
This differs some what from the Manchester Evening News' reports regarding United's interest in the player. Yesterday they said that a £28.37 million had already been rejected and a second offer of £35.5 million was being pondered.
The 29-year-old has a buyout clause of €180 million but it seems Real's pursuit of De Gea may make them open to accepting an offer well below that number.