Sunday 19 November 2017

Louis van Gaal on alert as PSG make £85m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

After the Manchester Evening News earlier this week reported that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was hoping to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, the Dutchman will now know how much he must pay if he is to lure the Portuguese back to Old Trafford six years after he joined Real Madrid.

Arabic Sports have reported that Paris St.Germain have made a world-record bid of £85 million for the Portugal international who left United for the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in 2009 for a then world record of £80m.

Ronaldo, who is currently with on Real Madrid's pre-season tour of Australia, sparked controversy this week after claiming that he was unhappy with manager Rafael Benítez's training methods, saying it was 's***'.

Ronaldo was also alleged to have been unhappy with Benítez's refereeing of a training match, with Spanish TV cameras recording him saying: “He gives everything against the Portuguese” and also recording an outburst after Benítez disallowed one of his goals.

Benítez appeared entirely unconcerned by suggestions Ronaldo might not be happy, and used a press conference in Australia to heap praise on the player - whom he had previously described as 'only' one of the best players in the world. That jarred with what has become the politically cute response of previous Real coaches, who habitually lauded him as the planet's greatest, mindful of his special status at the club.

Van Gaal, meanwhile, has turned down offers from Newcastle United and Inter Milan for midfielder Michael Carrick, according to a report in the Sunday People.

Steve McClaren and Roberto Mancini are both understood to have approached United on behalf of their respective clubs in the hope of ending the 33-year-old England international's nine-year assocaition with the Old Trafford club.

However, it has been reported that Ed Woodward, the United executive vice-chairman, rebuffed their approach following a discussion with Van Gaal.

Carrick signed a one-year contract extension with United in March.

United, finally, are understood to be ready to go head-to-head with Chelsea in a battle to sign Everton defender John Stones.

Stones, 21, had been identified by Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, as one of their main summer signings with the Portuguese viewing the England ­Under-21 international as a ready-made replacement for his captain John Terry.

However, Roberto Martínez, the Everton manager, and his club have grown increasingly frustrated with what they view as a concerted media campaign to unsettle Stones.

Chelsea’s bitter row with Everton intensified last week after Gary Cahill claimed Stones would find it “hard to turn down” a move to Stamford Bridge.

While the public spat between Chelsea and Everton rumbles on, Van Gaal, according to reports, is monitoring the situation.

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