Saturday 24 February 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo to tell Real Madrid he has an offer on the table...and it's not from Manchester United - report

Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club this summer. Photo: Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club this summer. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Cristiano Ronaldo will tell Real Madrid President Florentino Perez that he has been offered a move away from the club this summer when he holds a meeting over his future later this month, according to a report in Spanish newspaper Marca.

Ronaldo has informed Real Madrid that he wants to leave the club this summer after being charged with a €14.7m tax fraud by Spanish authorities.

Yet Real Madrid chief Perez is keen to find a way to keep Ronaldo at the club and appeared to be relatively calm about the situation as he gave interviews earlier this week.

Perez confirmed that he intended to speak to Ronaldo in a bid to defuse his anger over his fraud charges, but it seems there is a viable option open to him if he is determined to make a move this summer.

While reports have suggested a move back to his former club Manchester United would be his preferred option, Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is believed to have met with Paris Saint-Germain chiefs in Cardiff earlier this month as he held tentative talks over a move to the French capital.

Ronaldo guided Real Madrid to a 12th Champions League in the Welsh capital, as his two goals were pivotal in beating Juventus earlier this month and yet his future has been plunged into doubt in recent days.

PSG have long been linked with a move for Ronaldo and are believed to have offered him the kind of freedom to exploit his commercial value in the final years of his career.

However, Real Madrid remain determined to keep their iconic No.7, with the €1billion buy-out clause in the contract he signed only last November putting them in the box seat of any transfer negotiations.

It remains hard to believe Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Real Madrid this summer, but a move to Paris may well be more likely that a return to Manchester if the improbable comes to pass.

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