Old Trafford side look to tempt Spanish giants into selling prized asset.
Talk of Cristiano Ronaldo’s uncertain future at the Bernabeu will lead Man United to make a big money move to re-sign the former Old Trafford favourite.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring the 28 year old’s contractual discussions with Real Madrid closely and will look to make the most of the unsettled relationship between the Portuguese international and the Spanish giants.
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Talk of a possible Real Madrid exit may well be further heightened if, as expected, Jose Mourinho leaves the La Liga side this summer.
President Florentino Perez is growing increasingly anxious about Ronaldo’s intentions with regards to a new deal and with a deal on the table being ignored by the striker there is a chance that a good offer for the goal machine may be considered.
Man United are ready to make an offer they hope will give Real Madrid reason to consider the sale of their prized asset. The Premier League table toppers will offer up to £55m in cash and will include the addition of either Javier Hernandez or Nani into the bargain.
Ronaldo has been an outstanding success and has proven well worth the record breaking £80m fee paid to bring the free-scoring attacker to Real Madrid back in the summer of 2009. However there may be a fear that the striker could look to see out his current deal and leave on a free transfer when his current contract comes to an end in 2015, something Perez may well be keen to avoid.
Those fears may well have been stoked by recent comments made by Ronaldo who stated;
“I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid, I’m very clear about that. After that, well, I don’t know what’ll happen in the future.”
Such a statement after months of contractual discussions may well leave Real Madrid worried about their chances of making a return on their investment and as such good offers for Ronaldo may well have to be considered for as long as he avoids putting pen to paper on a new deal.
Ronaldo has scored an astonishing 183 goals in 182 appearances for Real Madrid and Ferguson is keen to welcome the former Man United hero back to the club and has been assured by the Old Trafford board that funds will be made available to cover the fee needed to convince Real Madrid to sell as well as the sums needed to meet the player’s wage demands.
Man United’s board are well aware of the value of Cristiano Ronaldo as a brand and believe that the return of the former Sporting Lisbon man to the club will open further advertising avenues and feel the cost of the investment needed to make such a move happen will be more than met by the financial benefits of the player’s move back to the club where he made his name.
The addition of Javier Hernandez may be of interest to a Real Madrid side which is not resplendent with striking options, this being even more true if Ronaldo were to leave.
The Mexican international continues to be a bit part player at Man United despite his prolific goal-scoring return, 47 goals in 108 appearances of which 41 were from the bench. The 24 year old will feel that his continued position on the periphery of the starting eleven is in many ways holding back his career progression and Chicharito would almost certainly jump at the chance of a move to the Bernabeu.
Mourinho has alternated between Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain up front and neither has managed to claim that spot as their own. Hernandez may well be the type of deadly finisher to fill that potential void.
Nani could also be a player who could pique Real Madrid’s interest, not least as he could act as a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Though the Portuguese international has been offered a limited role in the Man United first team he has proven himself more than capable of making an impact and would also not think twice about the chance to re-ignite his career with the Spanish side.