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Manchester United move in on Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin

Manchester United are finally getting their act together in the transfer market as rumours intensify over Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin and Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi.

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Right, there are the same stories in every paper, so there's going to be little hyperlinking. Let's live on the edge.

The Sergio Ramos negotiations continue. Manchester United have made a first bid of £32 million to Real Madrid, which will almost certainly be rejected if it hasn't already. However, it's only about £10 million short of what they'll probably accept. Ramos, for his part, has strengthened his stance that he wishes to leave Real because of the nebulous concept of disrespect which affects young men so much these days. United are short on their Ramos bid, Real Madrid are short on their David de Gea bid. If only there was some way to sort this out.

United are also in the race for Morgan Schneiderlin, and the midfielder has said that his future will be revealed in the next few days. Some papers regard Arsenal as favourites, others think United still hold the upper hand. For United, it may depend on whether or not they can get hold of Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger - fans will hope United don't take the risk and make sure they get somebody who can play midfield as soon as possible.

Elsewhere, Hector Fernandez of Onda Cero believes that United are closing in on Nicolas Otamendi, with a deal almost done:

But he clarifies in the tweet above that Ramos depends on De Gea - so United could be adding Ramos and Otamendi to the defence, not just one of them.

In the Mirror, United have been linked with a move for Arda Turan (read here) and Carlos Bacca (read here). Both of those would be sensible signings, with Turan by far the better player of the two.

It seems like stuff is actually happening, which is a nice change.