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Bernabeu side willing to sell attacker but only for mammoth fee.
MANCHESTER CITY will have to spend big if they are going to land Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who joined Real for a world record £80m fee in 2009, has become increasingly unhappy with life at the Bernabeu even though he is considered alongside Lionel Messi the best player in the world.
The Portuguese talisman has been courted by a number of clubs in recent weeks, most notably affluent French side PSG who are looking to sprinkle more stardust to their glittering squad.
There has even been rumours of a return to Manchester United, whom Ronaldo left on amicable terms with and he has a good relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
AS suggests it would take a bid of £160m to prise Ronaldo away from the Bernabeu.
Whilst clearly £160m is an obscene price-tag to place on any player there are few individuals more likely to attract such a bid than the prolific Real Madrid attacker.
There has been a great deal of speculation about the Portuguese international’s state of mind and a number of sources, including this one, claim that the former Man United man is very unhappy with life at the La Liga giants. Whether this is down to a breakdown in his relationship with boss Jose Mourinho or the feeling that he is somehow under appreciated at the club is unknown.
However if Real Madrid were indeed ready to consider huge offers for the 27 year old then PSG and Man City are perhaps two sides who could have the financial clout to mount an improbable bid for the goal machine.
Clearly Ronaldo’s Man United affiliation would play some part in any potential move to local rivals at the Etihad Stadium so perhaps a move to the Parc des Princes is the only realistic switch the Real Madrid man would make.
PSG’s Qatari owners have spent huge sums since taking over at the Ligue 1 side and they will be more than aware that a successful move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo would be seen as a huge statement of intent, so do not rule out the possibility of a record breaking offer from the French capital.
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