Sergio Ramos 'asks to join Manchester Utd'

Ramos and his partner Pilar Rubio
Ramos and his partner Pilar Rubio

One of the big transfer stories of this summer has taken a dramatic twist as Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has reportedly asked his club to allow him to join Manchester United.

The Old Trafford club have had a €40m bid for Ramos rejected by Real Madrid, with relations between the two clubs believed to have been frayed over the Spanish club's public pursuit of United keeper David de Gea.

Now it seems as if the transfer battle between Manchester and Madrid has turned a fresh corner, with widespread reports suggesting Ramos has asked to be allowed to join United.

The impasse over De Gea's future has rumbled on for several months, with United believed to have told Real Madrid chiefs that they are willing to hang on to the Spanish stopper and allow him to leave on a free transfer next summer rather than take a cut-price fee for him now.

With Ramos' name now thrown into the mix as the two clubs try to do business this summer, speculation is mounting that a swap deal involving De Gea and Ramos may provide both parties with an possible route to an amicable solution.

Meanwhile, United are expected to make their second major signing of the summer later this week, with French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin expected to complete his move from Southampton.