SERGIO RAMOS could be heading to Manchester United amid a flurry of bets on the transfer in the last 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho wanted to sign a central defender in the summer transfer window and remains eager to strengthen that position after Ed Woodward failed to land a new arrival.
Real Madrid skipper Ramos, 32, has been frequently linked with a move to Old Trafford.
And Coral are now offering odds of 2/1 that he finally completes a switch.
Coral spokesman John Hill told Starsport: “Sergio Ramos will go down in history at Real Madrid as one of their greatest ever defenders but if this gamble is correct, the Spaniard could be heading out of the Bernabeu very soon to join Manchester United.”
Ramos joined Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2005 and has won 10 major honours in that time.
He has entered the final two seasons of his contract at the Bernabeu.
Tottenham contract rebel Toby Alderweireld and Leicester star Harry Maguire were among Mourinho’s leading targets in the summer.
Mourinho wants United to make more than one signing when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, missed out on deals for two priority targets in the summer, leaving Mourinho frustrated.
He was after a forward and a centre-back, and believes those areas still need strengthening.
Mourinho thinks United can still mount a Premier League title challenge if they capture the right players in January.
The Red Devils last signed more than one player in January in 2009.
Deals were struck for Partizan Belgrade duo Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic, while Ritchie De Laet joined from Stoke.
Alexis Sanchez arrived from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan last January.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford struck at the death as United beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
Anthony Martial had cancelled out Callum Wilson’s opener for the Cherries.