Are Manchester United set to lose Ronaldo?

The Daily Telegraph are today reporting that Real Madrid are set to bid £50 million for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. Only two weeks ago, the Portuguese international revealed his desire to play in Spain at some stage of his career – will it be sooner than expected?

The Spanish champions have attempted to sign Ronaldo before but were snubbed by the winger, who instead signed a new five-year deal with United to become the highest paid player in the club’s history on £120,000 a week.

However, Real president Ramon Calderon is more optimistic this time around that a deal can be struck with United’s owners, the Glazer family, who would find it hard to resist a world-record fee, particularly as they are currently finding it difficult to refinance loans due to the global credit crunch.

It is suggested that the bid will take place during the summer for a player that many believe is now the best in the world. Will Manchester United be prepared to let Ronaldo leave Old Trafford and what implications would it have if their star player were to leave?

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