United to play waiting game in chase for Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is being urged to wait 18 months before committing to his last big move in football – a strategy which could place him within financial reach of Manchester United.
The Red Devils believe Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and that they are the only English club for which he would contemplate signing.
But while United accept they cannot compete this summer with the likely €100m bid from Monaco – a tax-free principality where he can become the world's richest player – or Paris Saint-Germain, the player is being advised that if he waits until he is out of contract in June 2015, he will be able to secure a colossal signing-on fee and huge wages adding up to a €140m-welcome home package.
The big cash offer plus tax-protected wages would make Monaco favourites among the few clubs capable of signing the Portuguese. But sources close to the player suggest he is unlikely to be tempted by the newly-promoted Ligue 1 side as he would have to forfeit a season of Champions League football.
That leaves United as a strong contender when the player's contract expires. What they save on not having to pay Madrid for his transfer now, they could plough into a €60m signing-on fee and €20m-a-year take-home pay across four years with 100pc of his image rights – currently shared 60-40 in his favour with Real Madrid.
United, who have retained strong links with the player's agent Jorge Mendes, believe Ronaldo has maintained a deep affection for the club – due his appreciation of a culture in which the players are looked after,.
Real's president, Florentino Perez, has met with Mendes in the past three weeks and put a new €15m contract on the table. But Ronaldo is unhappy that this is the first proposed contract renewal in four years at the club and refused Real's new offer.
The 28-year-old takes home €10m basic pay topped up by a further €7.5m in bonuses and €16m in commercial deals. Madrid are willing to boost his annual basic take-home pay to €15m and negotiate his image rights.
Another resolution would be Real Madrid radically reducing their asking price for Ronaldo at the end of next season, aware that he would be 12 months from leaving for free. (©Independent News Service)