Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Latest on Pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo
According to Mark Irwin of The Sun, Ronaldo wants £32 million per season to remain with the team going forward, £17 million of which would come from annual salary. According to the report, the superstar striker also wants 100 percent of his image rights, calculated to be as much as £15 million per year:
The Spanish giants are adamant that Ronaldo will not be leaving them this summer and are now trying to agree a deal to keep their Portuguese idol for the rest of his career.
But Ronaldo, 28, is determined to cash in on his iconic status and is looking for a mega deal to make him the highest-paid footballer in history.
Irwin believes Ronaldo’s pursuit of a massive new deal is motivated by his desire to usurp Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the biggest star in the world, but Real feel they have time to haggle over the terms of a new contract.
With rumors swirling, Ronaldo did his part to feed the flames by announcing on Twitter that he had not reached a new deal with Real Madrid:
All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 13, 2013
Given the fact that Ronaldo felt the need to silence those reports, it comes as no surprise Manchester United is at the forefront of a pursuit to reclaim the superstar this summer.
United are convinced a successful £85million Real Madrid swoop for the Spurs hero will open the door for Ronaldo to return.
Real president Florentino Perez claims Ron will pen a new deal but the Portuguese superstar has yet to make his mind up on his future.
Perez has already hinted Real are ready to make a world record bid for Bale.
Even the richest club in the world would surely struggle to pay for both a Bale addition and an increasingly large salary for Ronaldo. The possibility is there, but if reports are true, adding Bale could be the kiss of death in the endeavor to retain Ronaldo.
Custis also notes that United is willing to offer Real as much as £65 million and “a player like Nani or Javier Hernandez” as compensation, but the real question is how much per season the English side is willing to give Ronaldo.
Should Manchester United be willing to pay Ronaldo £17 million per year and as much as £65 million to acquire him?
While United certainly isn’t hurting for cash, even Messi (£14 million) makes less than the £17 million Ronaldo is reportedly demanding—presumably the reason the Real Madrid man may be in search of that particular number.
While Real won’t want to lose out on one of the top two players in the world, the prospect of adding Bale, cash to cover most of his transfer fee and another quality player has to be somewhere in their collective mind. As unlikely as that scenario may be, Ronaldo hasn’t exactly given an indication that he is set on staying in Spain.
If Manchester United hopes to swing a deal that would nearly guarantee their top spot in the Premier League, they should spare no expense. Excessive though his demands may be, they are a small price to pay for a superstar like Ronaldo who can all but guarantee long-term success as the league’s top club.
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