Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to leave Real Madrid after growing upset with the fallout from his tax evasion case, reports the BBC.
Sources close to the superstar have claimed he is “upset” and “wants to leave” the Spanish capital, though that doesn’t mean he is definitely on his way out of the Bernabeu.
Real released a statement regarding the legal case on their website, insisting they have “full confidence in [their] player Cristiano Ronaldo”.
That is unlikely to stop speculation now that quite possibly the story of the summer has emerged.
Los Blancos would have refused outright to sell him in the past, but now that he is 32, it seems there is a chance he could go if the club receive a high enough offer.
Despite his age, there are few clubs who would be able to afford him. The Portuguese’s buyout clause is around 1billion euros, though he would cost considerably less than that if a fee were agreed via the normal process.
Manchester United are inevitably one of the first clubs to be linked with him, and their fans have already received a boost in their hopes of a reunion.
The Sun claim CR7 has set his heart on a return to Old Trafford, and United have bargaining power as they could offer David de Gea as part of the deal. £150m is the fee being cited by the newspaper, with De Gea potentially making up around £60m of that.
Jose Mourinho has worked with Ronaldo in the past and the player remains close with Sir Alex Ferguson.