Old Trafford side readying move for Bernabeu star?
Man United have held discussions with Nike over a proposed move to re-sign Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo according to the Daily Mail.
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The Old Trafford side are said to be preparing a move for the 28 year old Portuguese international and have discussed a potential deal with kit manufacturers Nike this week.
Man United are due to extend their sponsorship deal with Nike and part of the agenda was the matter of funding a bid to sign Ronaldo, who left the Premier League side in a record breaking £80m deal back in 2009.
No doubt Man United felt that a possible move to bring Ronaldo back would be of interest to Nike, knowing that such a signing would see kit sales go through the roof and were perhaps hoping to use such a move as an incentive for a better deal with the company.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid have been locked in contract talks for some months and with just over two years to run on his current deal the Bernabeu side may fear losing their prized asset on a free transfer in 2015, so could perhaps be ready to listen to big offers for the forward.
Man United would have to offer a princely sum to convince Real Madrid to sell though and that may well be the reason such a discussion with Nike took place, to test the water on just how a move would affect any offer Nike made in terms of an extension of their current kit deal.
Ronaldo clearly has a great deal of affection for Man United and in particular boss Sir Alex Ferguson but a move back to Old Trafford still seems a big ask.