Manchester United’s pursuit of Sergio Ramos has suffered a major blow, with Real Madrid’s first-choice replacement Leonardo Bonucci having begun talks with Juventus over a new contract.
Reports earlier this week claimed that Los Blancos manager Rafael Benitez had lined up the Italian international amid growing fears that Ramos will move to Old Trafford this summer.
The unhappy Spaniard has apparently told Real that he would like a transfer to the Red Devils and United have so far lodged two bids for the World Cup winner.
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However, Italian newspaper Tuttosport reports that Juve are desperate to keep the centre-back in Turin and have started negotiations over a new big-money deal that would almost double his current salary.
Bonucci has two years left on his current contract with the Serie A champions, and Bayern Munich have also been linked with him as Pep Guardiola ponders the idea of a three-man defence.
The 28-year-old has made 207 appearances for the Old Lady since joining from Bari in 2010.