Cristiano Ronaldo has been heavily linked with a return to Manchester United over the past two seasons, and Louis van Gaal is reportedly primed to land the Real Madrid forward on the ‘cheap’.
The Metro claim that the Spanish giants could be willing to allow their prized asset make an astonishing exit for just £65m – a significant drop from the mooted £80m expected – but having turned 30 years old in February, it’s still a sizeable fee, even if he is the Ballon d’Or holder.
The Portuguese has suffered a noticeable drop in form since the turn of the year, and is looking increasingly unsettled – having scored just 10 goals, been sent off and told the Santiago Bernabeu to “go f*** themselves“, along with other numerous outbursts over the poor performances of his side.
It now seems that the club have grown fed up with the former Old Trafford star, and are seriously considering cashing in, particularly with the impressive performances of Isco, and with summer galactico James Rodriguez to soon return from injury.
A real stumbling block, however, could be his staggering wages, but with Wayne Rooney on a reported £300,000 per-week, the Premier League giants should likely have no qualms in meeting the demands of the World Player of the Year – given shirt sales alone would provide a huge income for the club.