Sergio Ramos allegedly wants to join Manchester United in the summer as the Real Madrid defender plans to leave the club after 16 years.
The veteran Spaniard is out of contract in June and free to talk with teams outside of Spain to negotiate a pre-contract agreement.
It is said talks over a new two-year contract at the Bernabeu have collapsed after Real asked the 34-year-old to take a ten per-cent pay cut.
And, according to the Daily Mirror, he has identified Manchester United as his first-choice destination over Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain.
Although Sergio will be available on a free transfer, only a handful of sides would be able to afford his wages, which are said to be more than £200,000 per week.
United are reaping the rewards of landing 33-year-old Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, while the Brazil international Thiago Silva has been a huge hit for Chelsea at the age of 36.
Sergio, the most capped player in his country’s history, is already one of the most decorated defenders of all time, with two European Championships, four European Cups, a World Cup and five La Liga titles to his name.
Ramos remains one of the first names on the Galacticos’ team sheet – and remarkably has more than 100 goals for the club in spite of being a defender.
Meanwhile, Manchester United centre-half Teden Mengi has joined Wayne Rooney’s Derby County on a loan deal until the end of the campaign.
The 18-year-old Englishman has been training with United’s senior team squad and has made one senior appearance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a Europa League tie versus LASK Linz in August.