Sergio Ramos has urged Real Madrid to let him accept a huge offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, reports in Spain say.
But the Bernabeu and Spain skipper, 33, is said to have been rebuffed by Real chiefs after meeting president Florentino Perez to plead his case.
LaSexta claim Ramos demanded: “I want the letter of freedom.”
But the reported response from the Spanish giants was: “Real Madrid can not give up their captain.”
Bernabeu manager Zinedine Zidane still wants the experience and guile Ramos provides – to ensure some stability after what could be a sizeable summer shake-up of a squad who only finished third in La Liga.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 28, reputedly top Zidane’s wishlist.
And former Tottenham wideman Gareth Bale, 29, is the big name most likely to exit the Bernabeu.
But even the possibility of Ramos leaving will be a shock to many Real fans.
The ex-World Cup winner has won the Champions League four times and lifted four La Liga crowns in his 14 years at the Bernabeu.
Yet Spanish journalist insists El Chiringuito Ramos’ future is in the balance.
Sanz told El Chiringuito: “It is not clear that Sergio Ramos will continue at Real Madrid.
“The situation is at 50 per cent. The situation is still tense.”