Real Madrid reject Manchester United's £32m bid for Sergio Ramos

Manchester United’s opening bid of £32 million for Sergio Ramos has been rejected by Real Madrid, but Louis van Gaal is still determined to push ahead with a deal.

United have received sufficient encouragement that their ambitious bid could be completed and want the defender to make it clear that he is open to leaving the Bernabéu.

Ramos has yet to go public on his desire to pursue a new challenge but United are pushing for the 29-year-old to prove that they are not being used as leverage for a new contract.

The Spain international, who has two years remaining on his contract, met with Madrid officials on ­Wednesday morning and is thought to be disillusioned because his future at the club is unclear.

He informed the club’s chief executive, José Ángel Sánchez, that he would be willing to hold formal n­egotiations with United and thus possibly to end an association with Real Madrid that has lasted almost a decade.

It was believed that United would offer a swap deal including goalkeeper David De Gea yet they have moved for Ramos separately and their interest is serious.

Credit: The Telegraph