Real close on duo
By Graeme Bailey & Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid are pushing ahead with moves for Sergio Ramos and Pablo Garcia.Real Madrid are pushing ahead with their interest in Sergio Ramos and Pablo Garcia, but have failed with opening bids for the pair.
Ramos is regarded as one of - if not the - best young defender in Europe and Real, Manchester United and Liverpool have all made him one of their top summer targets.
However, Real now look set to have jumped to the head of the queue after lodging an official bid.
Sevilla want at least é¼20 million for Ramos (pictured), although Real's opening salvo of é¼15 million is short of that.
Talks between the two clubs are now ongoing, although Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido is publicly insisting that the club will not relent away from Ramos's get-out clause which currently stands at é¼27 million.
Sevilla are still hopeful of persuading the 22-year-old to sign a new deal and thus extending his release clause further, but the lure of Real now seems to be growing ever stronger and a deal could be in place sooner rather than later.
Such is the likelihood of Ramos's departure that Sevilla have already started looking at defensive options to replace him.
New coach Juande Ramos has highlighted Deportivo La Coruna stopper Cesar as his number one target and Sevilla are understood to have made an approach to the Galician club.
Meanwhile, while they continue to talk over a Ramos deal - Madrid are also continuing in their efforts to sign Osasuna's Uruguayan midfielder Pablo Garcia.
Osasuna have rebuffed Real's first offer of é¼3 million plus youngster Alvaro Mejia.
The Pamplona side want at least double the cash offered by Real, but president Patxi Izco seems resigned to losing Garcia.
"I hope that this situation is resolved soon for the sake of everyone, the player, Real Madrid and Osasuna," said Izco.
"We do not want to lose Pablo, but we are conscious that we cannot just act crazy to keep him.
"I insist that Osasuna does not want to sell the player without the sufficient amount."