There will always be a touch of drama surrounding players as good as Cristiano and, for once, it’s the fans of Real Madrid who are left to worry about another team coming in for their best player. The football landscape has changed so much that even Madrid, it appears, can be trumped these days. Manchester United have long been linked with a move to bring the Portuguese back to Old Trafford. Ronaldo made his name at Manchester United and the thought of him playing there again was always sumptuous if fanciful.
As we speculated last week, the only clubs that could afford to take the player now are those which are funded by oil. Accordingly, The Independent today reports that Monaco are ready to make a world transfer record bid for the player who already holds the title of the world’s most expensive footballer, after his move from Manchester United 4 years ago. bThe Independent says:
The Ligue 1 club, funded by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have already spent over £110m this summer on Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid and James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho of Porto. They are now prepared to make their boldest move yet, taking advantage of the Portuguese forward’s frustration at Madrid, and failure to sign a new deal, to tempt him to join with a world record salary offer of €20m (£17m) per year.
After buying James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho and Radamel Falcao for over 100m Euro in the last couple of weeks, we know that Monaco have the cash and the intent to make it big on the European stage. It all boils down to whether the player would want to go to France and have at least a year without Champions League football. You would imagine that he would prefer to rejoin Manchester United, but that transfer just ain’t gonna happen.
Watch this space for updates.
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