Wages and fees could drive the total cost over £200m.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s proposed return from Real Madrid to Manchester United could end up costing the club over £200m as fees and the player’s wages threaten to drive the price up, the Daily Mirror reports.
However, the Reds’ hefty financial muscle means that they could afford to bring him back to Old Trafford where the likes of Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City have all ruled him out for being too expensive.
Ronaldo turns 30 in February and it seems that there aren’t many willing to fork out the necessary funds to take him away from the Spanish capital.
Madrid president Florentino Perez looks as though he will cash in on the star next summer, and United have been left with a clear run to re-sign their former No.7 after their major rivals collectively balked at the fee and wages sought by Real and Ronaldo’s representatives.
Ronaldo currently earns £380,000 per week at Real, and will likely command a similar figure at his new club, too.
Adding image-rights payments, loyalty bonuses paid out over the full length of his contract and other incentives into the equation, he could pocket a further £60m on top of what he already gets.
With the Portuguese forward commanding a four-year deal, a yearly wage of £19.76m over that period – on top of the required transfer fee – would set United back a massive £139.04m.
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