Sergio Ramos: Manchester United bid £28.6m for Real Madrid man

By Simon StoneBBC Sport
Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals last season by Juventus

Manchester United have made a £28.6m bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

The Red Devils believe the 29-year-old wants to leave Real after they failed to offer him an extension to his contract, which expires in 2017.

The Spain international has made 445 appearances for the Bernabeu club.

United manager Louis van Gaal wants defensive reinforcements to help his team improve on last season's fourth-place Premier League finish.

Ramos joined Real from Sevilla in 2005 and scored their injury-time equaliser in their Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in 2014.

He has 128 Spain caps and was in the starting line-up as they won Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.

The Old Trafford club have also been linked withexternal-link Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman said he had "doubts" about the Frenchman's future on the south coast, but added the club is yet to receive a "serious bid" from United.

He told Southampton's YouTube channel:external-link "We will wait, but OK - that's business that normally starts from now."

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