Sergio Ramos reportedly wants to join Manchester United this summer as the Real Madrid veteran plans to leave the club after 16 years.
The 34-year-old defender is out of contract in June and free to talk with clubs outside of Spain to negotiate a pre-contract agreement.
It is understood talks over a new two-year deal at the Bernabeu have collapsed after Real asked Ramos to take a ten per-cent pay cut.
Although Ramos will be available on a free transfer, only a handful of clubs would be able to afford his wages, which are understood to be more than £200,000-a-week.
The Red Devils are reaping the rewards of signing 33-year-old Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, while Thiago Silva has been a huge hit for Chelsea at the age of 36.
Ramos, the most capped player in Spain’s history, is already one of the most decorated defenders of all time, with five LaLiga titles, four European Cups, a World Cup and two European Championships to his name.
He remains one of the first names on Madrid’s team sheet – and remarkably has more than 100 goals for the club despite being a defender.