Old Trafford side to make offer for Bernabeu attacker.
Man United are readying a big money bid to re-sign Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo with the Old Trafford side prepared to offer €90m (£73m) for the Bernabeu star.
CaughtOffside understands that chief executive Ed Woodward has been instructed by the club’s American owners to test the water with an opening offer for the Portuguese international.
The Old Trafford side feel that an offer for Ronaldo would be a statement of intent that would serve to improve the club’s reputation regardless of whether the Spanish giants entertain the notion of selling their prized asset.
The Premier League side are looking to re-build their squad after a disastrous campaign under David Moyes left Man United without the carrot of Champions League football to offer prospective targets but are set to hand incoming boss Louis van Gaal as much as £200m to invest in new additions this summer.
Man United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid in an £80m deal back in July 2009 and the club’s owners believe an offer of £73m would be a competitive one for a player months away from his 30th birthday.
Ronaldo has made no secret of his continued affection for his former club and a Man United side under the guidance of experienced manager van Gaal may prove a tempting prospect for the Balon d’Or winner.
Having helped Real Madrid to a much coveted ‘Decima’, the club’s tenth European Cup/Champions League triumph, there may be a sense that Ronaldo could feel he has achieved all he can in the Spanish capital having already won La Liga and Copa del Rey titles with Los Blancos.
Cristiano Ronaldo is fondly remembered by Man United’s fan-base and a move to bring their former hero back would not only serve to highlight the club’s push to act after last term’s seventh place Premier League finish but would also help to improve the club’s options in the final third.
Van Gaal is ready to listen to offers for a number of his current attacking options with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, Nani and Shinji Kagawa all strongly linked with summer exits.
Ronaldo may be nearing 30 but Man United are confident that the forward’s marketability is more than enough to justify such a massive outlay for the Real Madrid man.
Real Madrid brought in Gareth Bale last summer as part of a massive influx of additions and with Carlo Ancelotti said to be keen on landing either Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero, from Liverpool & Man City respectively, there may be a faint hope that a big offer for Ronaldo may be considered by president Florentino Pérez as he seeks to welcome in a new selection of Galaticos.
Ronaldo has amassed an extraordinary total of 252 goals in 249 appearances for Real Madrid.
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