Tuesday 20 August 2019

Paper Talk: United put off by Ronaldo's €120m price tag, while Liverpool rejected by injury-prone Abou Diaby

Declan Whooley

It was a story that had Manchester United fans rejoicing, but it appears that any possible move for Cristiano Ronaldo has been scuppered by Real Madrid's asking price.

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.

Manchester Evening News reported last week that discussions have already taken place to bring the Madrid star back to the Premier League in what would be a club record deal, but The Sun says that the La Liga giants are unwilling to budge from an asking price of €120m.

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

United had been pursuing Sergio Ramos, who has publicly said he is willing to stay, while David De Gea is still thought to be top of Madrid's shopping list.

In news that may not inspire Liverpool supporters, The Daily Star reports that injury-plagued Abou Diaby rejected the chance to join the Reds before joining Marseilles.

The 29-year-old was released by the Gunners this summer having played just two games in the previous two years, but Brendan Rodgers reportedly offered the French international a pay-as-you-play deal.

Speaking of Liverpool, under-performing Mario Balotelli appears to have a new suitor. The Daily Mirror reports that Serie A side Bologna are the latest to show interest in the Italian international.

Leicester City are prepared to pay £11m to sign Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian club Internacional, with Bayer Leverkusen and Marseille also interested (The Sun), while Swansea have slapped a £25m price tag on captain Ashley Williams to fend off interest from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace (The Daily Star).

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