Manchester United tell Real 'increase David De Gea offer and we will up our Sergio Ramos bid'
Manchester United have told Real Madrid they will only increase their offer for Sergio Ramos IF Real do likewise for David de Gea.
United have bid £30 million for the Spain defender, with The Mirror reporting that Louis van Gaal believes it to be 'a fair valuation for a player already in his 30th year'.
Real have, unsurprisingly, rejected United's offer, but it seems United are unwilling to table an improved amount unless Real considerably up their original De Gea bid, thought to be £15 million shy of what they believe he is worth.
United dismissed Real's opening salvo for the Spanish goalkeeper, believed to be around the £20 million mark, valuing the 24-year-old at £35 million, despite just one year left on his contract.
The Mirror adds that although United made their offer for Ramos independently, there is an acceptance at Old Trafford that the two deals are likely to merge at some stage.
However, while United are secretly hopeful of landing Ramos - his mother thinks differently!
Channeling her inner Harry Redknapp through her car window, when asked whether she would like her son to stay in Madrid, she said: "Of course. Madrid has everything."
And Manchester? "No. I don't think we have to go. He loves Spain."
That minor setback is unlikely to put United off, especially when money talks. And as well as Ramos, United are exploring the prospect of a £25 million move for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, with senior Old Trafford sources acknowledging their interest in the Irishman.
Arda Turan, meanwhile - the Atletico Madrid midfielder who has been strongly-linked with United - will announce which team he will join on Friday.
His agent insists he has not yet agreed a deal to move to Old Trafford, with Arsenal and Chelsea also believed to be among the Premier League clubs pursuing the highly-rated Turkish captain.
The Manchester Evening News, though, puts United down as favourites, with Van Gaal also tracking Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.