Breaking News: Manchester United Accept World Record Bid For Ronaldo

Alex StampCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

ROME - MAY 27:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. Barcelona won 2-0.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United have accepted a world-record £80 million bid for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

A statement on the United website said:

"At Cristiano's request—who has again expressed his desire to leave—and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.

"Matters are expected to be concluded by 30 June. The club will not comment until further notice."

The news comes after days of speculation, which began with the re-election of Fiorentino Perez. Ronaldo has been linked to Real Madrid constantly, and the news of this signing comes just days after the Madrid side announced the signing of Kaka.

The mooted deal is expected to smash the existing world record for a transfer deal, the £45.6 million Real Madrid paid Juventus for Zinedine Zidane.