Other top clubs balk at financial package required to sign Ronaldo.
Manchester United’s dream of bringing former hero Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford could be made a reality, report the Mail, but only if the Red Devils are able to put together a package of at least £140 million to fulfill the financial demands of both Real Madrid and the Portuguese superstar himself.
The report suggests that Real Madrid may be willing to allow Ronaldo to leave next summer as they look to balance the books after accruing significant levels of debt, whilst the player himself also seems keen to move on from the Bernabeu.
Real are likely to want at least £60m for a player who they signed for a world record £80m fee, however, despite the fact that Ronaldo will be 30 by the time that any deal is struck and likely to hit a downward curve in his career during the next couple of years.
Ronaldo also currently earns a figure of £380,000 per week at the Bernabeu and is unlikely to accept any cut in this should he move to Old Trafford, meaning that United would once again have to smash the figure of their highest paid player to bring Ronaldo back to the club.
These financial realities have meant that every other major club in Europe, including the likes of Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City, have ruled themselves out of any move to sign Ronaldo – but United are still crunching the numbers and working out whether they feel that a possible transfer next summer would be worth pushing on with.