The Daily Star say that in order to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford it would cost them a phenomenal amount of cash, which would cover both his initial fee and his contract.
The Portugal captain turns 30 in February and he will command a four-year deal with a contract of almost £20 million-a-season, whilst Real Madrid will look to offload the player for at least £80 million.
And the talk in tavern is, ‘would he be worth it’?
Well there are two sides to the argument. Firstly, he is nearly 30-years-old, so you’re effectively paying for a player who is only going to deteriorate in quality within those four years of his contract or you’re going to sign the best player in the world, who will transform the club and you will back to winning plenty of trophies, which will subsidise his payment.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, made it public in 2013 that his star was potentially looking for a move away from Madrid after feeling unwanted, but Los Blancos managed to turn the tables and tie him on a contract, keeping him at the club until 2018.
This entitles the Champions League winners to demand such a big fee and they are also aware of how desperate and under pressure Louis van Gaal is to get results.
But another revelation in Ronaldo’s relationship with Madrid, is that he has made it public knowledge that he was fuming with the club for selling Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso.
But with United securing a world record £750 million kit deal with Adidas, they will be able to muster enough cash out to make this move happen.
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