According to reports making waves in Spain, Real Madrid are ready to sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United for €60 million (£48.2 million). The Spanish giants are said to have decided to let the Portuguese superstar go at the end of this season and have offered Manchester United the chance to re-sign him.
Spanish publication, ES said that Real have decided to cash in on the 31-year-old at the end of the season because his contract expires in 2018 to avoid his value plummeting next year and Real president, Florentino Perez believes €60 million is a fair price for the three-time World Player of the Year and is hopeful that could tempt United into doing a deal for their former star man.
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Before joining Real in 2009 for a then world record transfer fee of £80 million, Ronaldo played for United between 2003 and 2009. He spent six years at Manchester United after arriving as an 18-year old naive teenager from Sporting Lisbon and helped the club claim a handful of major honours.
The Portuguese scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the Old Trafford side, and won three Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup and one Champions League in a trophy-laden spell with the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo who is adored by the Old Trafford faithful has enjoyed prolific campaign this season, scoring 42 goals in 40 appearances for Real in all competitions and sealing his return would be a stunning coup for the club.
Despite defeating Barcelona 2-1 on Saturday, it has not been the best of campaigns for Real. They are seven points behind leaders Barca and lost 2-0 to Wolfsburg last night in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg.
Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move for Ronaldo but reports have it that they have made Barcelona’s Neymar their top target, leaving United clear front-runners for the Portugal international’s signature.