Tuesday 25 October 2016

Man United plotting sensational club record swoop for Ronaldo - local reports

Published 23/07/2015 | 21:08

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester Evening News are tonight reporting that Manchester United are planning a sensational deal to bring club legend Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

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Speculation has intensified over the last few days over the Portuguese star's future and has been the main topic of conversation in La Liga.

A video has shown an unhappy Ronaldo appearing disgruntled with manager Rafa Benitez in pre-season training, while the agent of Iker Casillas has questioned the player's media arrangements and believes the 30-year-old is planning to leave the club.

Read more: Video: Watch as Cristiano Ronaldo brands Rafa Benitez training at Real Madrid as "s***"

"One day [Perez] will need to explain why Cristiano works for another company outside of Real Madrid," the recently departed Casillas he told AS.

"Imagine Cristiano generating €40 million elsewhere and giving it to Peter Lim, Valencia’s owner. It ends up in Valencia’s coffers and that’s deplorable. Will anyone speak out and ask Florentino why Cristiano has sold his image rights to Peter Lim?

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. Photo: Alex Livesey, Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United. Photo: Alex Livesey, Getty Images

"That’s not normal; it suggests that Cristiano is planning to leave."

Read more: Agent says Ronaldo is 'planning to leave' Real Madrid

Although United have already added Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, to their squad in the close season, M.E.N. says discussions have already taken place to bring the Madrid star back to the Premier League in what would be a club record deal.

The paper claims United explored the possibility of signing Ronaldo during David Moyes’ first transfer window in 2013, and remains under contract until 2018.

Manager Louis van Gaal has suggested a "surprise" signing could be added before the opening game of the season and any transfer is likely to involved goalkeeper David De Gea.

De Gea travelled to the pre-season tour amid speculation that Los Blancos are ready to make an official bid for the player, something manager Rafa Benitez has denied publicly.

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