SERGIO RAMOS has requested his club Real Madrid to open talks with Manchester United after the Reds made a £28.6million bid for the Spanish international.
United boss Louis van Gaal has targetted the 29-year-old as a marquee summer signing and the player has told Real he specifically wants to enter talks over a move to Old Trafford.
United have reportedly offered to double Ramos' wages to £230,000-a-week as part of the deal, but it is believed Real want Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea included as part of the deal. United, however, are determined to negotiate the Ramos deal seperately as they are still hopeful De Gea will sign a new deal.
Ramos recently revealed that his father is an avid Manchester United fan and has spoken in the past of his desire to play in England. Ramos has a €200m release clause on his contract, which expires in two years' time. Real will seek significatly less money for the central defender but it is expected that Real will refuse United's initial offer.