Manchester United's tussle with Real Madrid over the transfers of David de Gea and Sergio Ramos has reportedly resurfaced after Louis van Gaal hinted that a move for the Spanish defender could be in the process.
"I cannot talk about these rumours. I have said already it's a process and maybe Mr Ramos is in the process - you never know," Van Gaal is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
According to Spanish publication Marca, The Red Devils are still keen on signing the Real defender, who is currently in Australia on the club's pre-season tour. But Rafael Benitez has made it clear that the defender is part of his plans for next season, and has even handed him the captaincy following the departure of Iker Casillas.
"In terms of Sergio Ramos, there's a lot of talk about his situation," Benitez is quoted as saying by Sky Sports
"For me, he is an enormous professional. In person, he applies himself, he does everything that the team and I ask of him. And for me, the matter (is that) the president has already commented that he is staying with the club," the former Napoli manager added.
De Gea, on the other hand, has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital club the entire summer, Marca reports, but the Red Devils are not willing to let him go unless the 10-time European champions match their valuation of the player.
The Spanish report claims that United are not willing to lower their €40m (£28m, $43.5m) valuation, but it is claimed that the Spanish goalkeeper's agent Jorge Mendes has been informed by United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that the 20-time English champions will part with their stopper if Real part with Ramos and Keylor Navas.