Manchester United reportedly increase their offer for Sergio Ramos to £42.5m

Could Manchester United be closing in on the Real Madrid man?

According to a report from the Telegraph, Manchester United have made an improved bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

The latest report cites a claim from the print edition of Spanish newspaper AS, which suggests United have upped their bid to £42.5million for the Spanish international.

Ramos is widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe but after 445 appearances for Real it would be a huge shock if he left the Bernabeu this summer.

With a contract until the end of the 2016/2017 season, it was always going to take a substantial bid to prise the 29-year-old away from the La Liga giants, but if the latest report is true it seems United mean business.

The Telegraph claims Real will reject the latest bid but it does raise an interesting question as to who exactly United will look to in a bid to strengthen their back-line.

The club have been weak at the back since the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and while Marcos Rojo impressed in his debut campaign, and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are getting better under manager Louis van Gaal, the club really need a world-class addition in that area if possible.

If it is Ramos, it will be an expensive deal, and if he stays at Real, one wonders who United will look to next as they bid to challenge for the Premier League next season.

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