Manchester United could make signing of the summer
It is alleged the Real Madrid winger feels inadequately respected in Spain – believing La Liga fans favour Barcelona’s four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi over him.
This has made the prospect of a switch back to his old stomping ground in the English Premier League a tempting prospect for the footballing superstar, the newspaper claims.
The move would see the Portugal international reunited with Reds manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who had a heavy influence on moulding the 28-year-old into the player he is today.
With Real manager Jose Mourinho set to leave his post at the end of the season, Ronaldo would lose his main associate at the Bernabeu and this has prompted the intrigued Red Devils to monitor their former prodigy, according to the newspaper.
And they won’t be alone in the transfer market as big spenders Paris Saint-Germain are alleged to want to bring the player, who boasts a record better than a goal a game this season, to France, the newspaper claims.
However, a move back to the North-West of England is speculated to be top of Ronaldo’s priorities.
United sold Ronaldo for a staggering £80million in 2009, but a deflation in transfer fees since means the Spanish giants would have to settle for an estimated £55million, it is reported.
A major bump in the road for Sir Alex could be staying in line with the imminent UEFA Financial Fair Play rules which are to begin as of next season – particularly as the wideman’s current salary stands at an astounding £220,000-a-week.
The way around such regulations is to agree a salary between both parties – the player and the side – and make up the remainder of fees through internal club endorsement deals with sponsors.
And new Manchester United sponsors Chevrolet, who regard Ronaldo as a globally recognised and sell-able image, are prepared to make him their top ambassador in a bid to help bring him back to Old Trafford, the newspaper claims.
Chevrolet’s seven-year sponsorship worth £370million is not due to start until 2014 – but it is alleged that current sponsors Aon may be bought out a year early, so that one of the greatest transfer comebacks of all time may proceed.