Manchester United are unwilling to raise their bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, according to a report from ESPN.
They say that United’s hierarchy are refusing to improve their current bid of £28m for the Spanish international as they feel the current bid is high enough.
However, it is thought that Madrid’s representatives are believed to have told United that only a figure in the region of £65 million would draw the World-Cup winner away from the Santiago Bernabéu.
Ramos, who turns 30 next year, has two years left on his current contract at Los Blancos and is reported to be unhappy with life in Madrid.
Though there is no denying Ramos’s outstanding quality, £65 million is a staggering amount of money for a defender whose best years are behind him.
If there really is such a gap in valuation between the two clubs over Ramos, then any deal that is rumoured to be ongoing might have to be abandoned.
United supporters will also feel disgruntled at Madrid who, as well as valuing Ramos at £65 million, have reportedly submitted an insultingly low £13 million bid for United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Fans may feel that if Madrid are standing firm over Ramos, then United should do the same and refuse to let De Gea leave until next summer when his contract expires.