Alex Ferguson Told Manchester United To Demand £150m From Real Madrid For Cristiano Ronaldo

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And the Scot says that los Blancos would have paid that fee too. 

Former Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he told his bosses at Old Trafford to ask for a transfer fee of £150m when negotiating to sell star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid five years ago, according to reports in the Daily Express.

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The Premier League champions eventually allowed the Portugal international to move to the Santiago Bernabeu for £80m, however, in an interview with Spanish sports daily AS, the Scot said: “I told David Gill to ask for £150m. Perez would have paid.

“The only thing that hurt me, and I said this repeatedly to David Gill, was that we didn’t demand enough.

“I told David, ‘Ask for £150m’.

“He said, ‘Don’t be silly. They’ll never pay £150m’.

“I said, ‘Ask for it because he’s worth it’.

“We signed the deal. I think it cost £80m or so but I’ll always wonder what Mr Perez would have said if we’d asked for £150m.

“Considering the fact that they signed Gareth Bale for £85m, I think he would have agreed to pay between £80m and £150m.

“I’m sure he would have because Perez knew perfectly the quality of player he was receiving, as shown by his time at United.

“Furthermore he was only 23. That is the only disappointing aspect.”