Old Trafford side set to re-ignite interest in former player.
Man United are reportedly ready to re-ignite their interest in Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the Old Trafford side prepare to improve their squad with Wayne Rooney’s future at the club very much in the balance.
The Manchester Evening News claim that Man United will look to avert any potential back-lash that results from a possible Rooney exit and the club’s inability to land Cesc Fabregas by making Ronaldo their new number one summer target.
This source claims that Man United will not baulk as Real Madrid’s £80m asking price, which is of course the same sum the Spanish giants paid the Premier League side for the Portuguese international four years ago, and as such is seemingly a more than fair price to fork out as clearly the forward has only improved since moving to the Spanish capital.
Ronaldo has scored a phenomenal 201 goals in 199 matches for Real Madrid but in that time has only secured one La Liga title and a Copa del Rey triumph.
Man United have watched on as Europe’s ‘Elite’ have all forked out big sums to improve their squad, with local rivals Man City spending over £90m on four new additions, and as such new boss David Moyes may well feel the need to bring in a big name signing or two.
Moyes has failed with bids to sign Everton full-back Leighton Baines and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and his side haven’t impressed in pre-season friendly action and there could well be a fear that the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson could have a long term effect on the club’s standing, hence the need to making a real statement of intent in the summer transfer market.
Real Madrid are eagerly pursuing Gareth Bale and with the club moving no nearer to tying down Cristiano Ronaldo to a long term contract, and with two years left on his current deal, perhaps president Florentino Perez would be willing to sell the wide-man to help finance a big money move for the Tottenham attacker?