United to make £100m winger move?
Guillem Balague has said that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely not be returning toManchester United, according to theDaily Star.
United have long been linked with a move to bring the Ballon d’Or winner back to Old Trafford but Balague,according to the newspaper, claims that Real will refuse any move: “It doesn’t matter that Manchester United have the finances to get him, it doesn’t matter that Cristiano is thinking of coming back – Real Madrid won’t let him go.”
It is believed that the Red Devils are the only club that can afford to sign Ronaldo with Real demanding a minimum of £80 million and Ronaldo’s wages costing an extra £20 million on top of that; Financial Fair Play rules have stopped Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City from making a move for the Portuguese ace.
Louis van Gaal is thought to be extremely interested in signing the 29-year-old but the Glazers are reluctant to spend such a sum on one player.
However, the board have been considering a move for the forward after Edward Woodward secured a world record £750 million kit deal with Adidas on top of the club’s sponsorship deal with Chevrolet worth £47 million per season.
Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga hat trick on the weekend which took his goal record in the Spanish league to 190 goals in just 171 games however rumours have surfaced in recent months that he is unhappy in the Spanish capital.
The Portuguese international was reportedly unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu last summer after Gareth Bale’s world record move but was placated with a new contract lasting until 2018; this year however Ronaldo has been upset by the club’s decision to sell Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso.
The winger appeared unmoved when United fans hired a plane to fly over the stadium during Real’s game against Villarreal which carried the message ‘Come Home Ronaldo’.