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Cristiano Ronaldo's link to Manchester United remains, as does Wayne Rooney's potential Old Trafford exit.
Rather conveniently, The Daily Star reports both players could be involved in a swap deal. This would see Real Madrid accept a bid of Wayne Rooney plus £30 million for the Portuguese star, as per the aforementioned report:
Real’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti has been a long-time admirer of Rooney and would be happy to sacrifice Ronaldo if it meant he could sign the United star.
Ronaldo would cost a cool £60m and his return to the club where he made his superstar name would delight the faithful.
It would also soften the blow of losing such an icon as Rooney, who has two years left on his current United deal.
Meanwhile, it is understood the United superstore is no longer printing Antonio Valencia on the back of new shirts with “7” attached.
Would Ancelotti really be happy to sacrifice his top player for an individual who possesses a notoriously bad attitude and self-inflicted fitness problems? It seems unlikely.
Even so, The Daily Mail also reports Ancelotti wants to make an instant impact at Madrid with the signing of Rooney. One has to consider whether or not the Englishman is needed at the Bernabeu, especially if Isco confirms his arrival in the next few days.