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Report: Manchester United make $45 million bid for Sergio Ramos

International Champions Cup 2014 - Real Madrid v Manchester United

International Champions Cup 2014 - Real Madrid v Manchester United

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Manchester United’s pursuit of Sergio Ramos is heating up. Big time.

Ramos, 29, has reportedly told Real Madrid he wants to leave the Spanish giants and United have since put in a $45 million bid for the Spanish defender.

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According to multiple reports in the UK and Spain, Ramos’ intentions to leave Real this summer have been made clear to the club and, according to Sky Sports’ sources in Spain, this stance is not intended purely to gain a better contract offer at his current club.

Ramos currently has two years remaining on his deal at Real but he feels slighted that other big-name players at the Santiago Bernabeu have been offered new and improved deals. That, plus Real refusing to deny links that they offered him to a presidential candidate for FC Barcelona, have irked the fiery center back who can also slot in at right back and in central midfield.

The Spanish international -- who won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 and 2012 European Championship with the Spanish national team -- is regarded as one of the finest central defenders in the world but after winning every major title possible with Real since arriving as a teenage sensation from Sevilla in 2005, Ramos seems keen to leave and become an integral figure of United’s rise back among Europe’s elite clubs.

Ramos’ signing would have a huge impact and prove to not only the rest of the Premier League, but Europe’s elite clubs, that the Red Devils are serious about challenging for every top title in the coming years. United has tied down center backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to long-term deals but Ramos’ arrival would strengthen their defense considerably. It would also allow Louis van Gaal to deploy his favored formation of 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 as the likes of Marcos Rojo and Jonny Evans would also add a new-found depth in the central defensive areas.

For now, Ramos’ potential move to United is moving at a rapid pace. Now it’s up to Real to decide whether or not they can afford to let their talismanic center back leave this summer.

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