Manchester United want Sergio Ramos to submit a formal Real Madrid transfer request

The pressure is reportedly building, as Manchester United continue to pursue the Real Madrid star.

"United ask Ramos to declare he wants to leave" - The front page headline from Spanish sports outlet Marca on Friday morning, indicating that Manchester United are still pushing for the Spanish defender to make a decision, as they hope to lure him to Old Trafford.

However, Marca also underlined that the Real Madrid captain has, for now, rejected that request from Manchester United officials, preferring instead to wait for top level talks with club president, Florentino Perez, before any final decisions are made.

The Real Madrid supremo is set for a meeting with Ramos, once the team heads to China for the next stage of their globe-trotting pre-season preparations. Those talks could prove decisive for the future of the 29-year-old.

Thus far, Ramos and Real Madrid have been miles apart when it comes to contract renewal negotiations. The player reportedly wanting €10 million per season to pen a new deal, whereas Florentino has only been willing to offer €7.5 million as a limit.

Considered one of the best central defenders in world football, Ramos is hoping to achieve a salary package commensurate to his stature in the game, which he knows can be earned elsewhere, if Real Madrid aren't willing to cough up.

Suggestions over previous months in Spain have indicated that already, Ramos has asked Real Madrid to consider offers, signalling that he's willing to leave if his terms aren't matched.

Manchester United seem more than willing to offer him the salary he wants, although it's clear that they're not going to wait forever, and are now pushing hard for him to make a formal transfer request.

Such a move on the part of the player would definitively indicate his interest in joining Manchester United is serious, rather than the continued speculation he is just using the Red Devils, so he can get a better deal with Real Madrid.

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