The future of Sergio Ramos remains in the air, after talks between the club and the player on Wednesday didn't reach a positive outcome for Real Madrid, with the 29-year-old indicating that his intention is to leave.
According to Spanish sports daily AS, after a bid of €50 million was received from Manchester United on Thursday, the response from Real Madrid has been to acknowledge the defender is for sale, but he'll only be allowed to leave for a whopping €90 million (around £64m), which equates to half the clause valuation in his current contract.
Such a figure suggests that whilst Ramos has made his intentions to quit Real Madrid clear, they will make his departure anything but easy, meaning that if Manchester United want to sign him this summer, they'll need to pay the highest sum ever paid for a central defender.
Meanwhile and speaking on popular Cadena COPE radio show 'El Partido de las 12' overnight, anchor Manolo Lama claimed that Ramos has been urged to stay at Real Madrid.
Lama explained that the first call was from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who wasn't present at clear the air talks on Wednesday. In this conversation between the player and the club supremo, Ramos was apparently told: "Get yourself calmly off on your holidays, let things calm down and we'll speak about it later."
However, the response from Ramos is said to remain the same, informing that he wants to leave and that Real Madrid should listen to offers, principally from Manchester United.
Ramos has now jetted off to the USA, but in the meantime, Lama also reported that Ramos received another call from a key figure in the Real Madrid dressing room: Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese star and Spain international are very close friends. As such, Cristiano has reportedly requested a first-hand account of the situation from Ramos, sympathetic towards the frustrations of his colleague.
Both AS and Cadena COPE coincide with the view that it's not simply a matter of money, which has lead to Ramos becoming unsettled at Real Madrid, despite requesting €10 million per season to extend his contract beyond 2017.
Ramos is said to be unhappy at not only how he's been treated by Florentino Perez, but also how the Real Madrid supremo has treated his friend and colleague, Iker Casillas, believing that the club are trying to push leading icons such as himself and the goalkeeper, out the Bernabeu back door.