Finally it appears the speculation is over!
Manchester United have accepted a world record offer of £80m from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player,” read a statement from the Old Trafford club.
It added that the decision came at Ronaldo’s request after he “again expressed his desire to leave”.
United described the offer for the 24-year-old winger as unconditional and added that they expected the matter to be concluded by 30 June.
Madrid have made it clear that they hope to have the deal concluded before the end of the month.
“Real Madrid confirm they have made an offer to Manchester United for the acquisition of the rights of the player Cristiano Ronaldo,” said the Spanish club in a statement.
“The club hope to reach an agreement with the player in the next few days.” (BBC Sport)
So, will Man United fans miss the Portuguese International or is this in some way a weight off the club’s shoulders and ends months of speculation about the talented attacker?
Surely Old Trafford supporters have every reason to be annoyed with the 24 year old after he repeatedly dodged or refuted allegations that he would indeed join Real Madrid as it now appears to be the case that he will indeed become the latest of the ‘new galaticos’ purchased by President Florentino Perez.
There can be no doubt just how much he has achieved at the Premier League champions. His record speaks for itself and his return of 117 goals from 242 starts is incredible and he will be a hard man to replace but Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly been given the lions share of the record breaking transfer fee to bring in new faces and perhaps such a move paves way for Carlos Tevez to make his loan move permanent it also gives Wayne Rooney a chance to play as an out and out striker, a role he longed to return too despite his successful spell out on the left.