Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has poured cold water over his much talked about move to Manchester United, stating that he is not in negotiations with any club regarding his future.
The 29-year-old has two years left on his current contract and is believed to have asked club president Florentino Perez for a new deal, which will make him the third highest paid player at the club behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. However, Perez is yet to accede to his demands, thus creating a massive furore behind his future at the club.
Manchester United, according to ESPN, have had a €40m (£29m, $44m) bid rejected for the player but are still persisting in their interest, having told Madrid, according to the Guardian, that any deal involving David de Gea has to include Ramos to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are in the market for a defender and have scouted a lot of players across Europe. However, Louis van Gaal believes that Ramos will add some much needed bite in their structure and help them get closer to challenging for the title.
The Spaniard will also add goals to the side, currently the highest scoring defender across Europe's top five leagues in the past decade. The defender has won all there is to win in the club circuit with Madrid and also the World Cup and the European Championship with Spain.
Van Gaal, according to AS, has told Ramos that he will be in the same bracket of wages as Wayne Rooney, thus making him among the highest paid players at the club.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are looking to strengthen in midfield and are plotting a second bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, after having had their first bid rejected in the summer.