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Real Madrid Transfer News: Cristiano Ronaldo Tipped for Man United, PSG or MLS

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2015

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 3rd goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to depart the Bernabeu at the end of the 2015-16 season, with potential destinations including MLS, Paris Saint-Germain or former club Manchester United.

There were rumblings over the summer about a potential move from PSG for Ronaldo, but the French club were dismissed out of hand, with Real president Florentino Perez insisting they could only sign the 30-year-old if his €1 billion (£729 million) buyout clause was met, per Spanish radio station Cadena COPE (via Adriana Garcia on ESPN FC).

However, French football writer Frederic Hermel reported Ronaldo is in his last season at Real and outlined some sides that have a real chance of signing him next summer, per French outlet Le10 Sport (h/t the Express' Charles Perrin):

I think that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. I have information that confirms this. I’ve been told by strong sources, very important ones, that Manchester [United], Paris Saint-Germain and the MLS have a great chance of fighting over Cristiano Ronaldo’s services at the end of the season.

Despite Hermel's assertion, it seems highly unlikely Real will let Ronaldo leave in 2016, even if a club comes in with a mammoth bid.

The forward's current contract ties him to Madrid until 2018, and he continues to be Real's most valuable player.

After a slow start to the new season, Ronaldo has turned things around in emphatic style since the international break, scoring a combined eight goals in his last two appearances, proving his performance levels have not dipped in the slightest.

The Portugal captain is now on the verge of becoming Los Blancos' all-time leading goalscorer just over six years on from his switch to Real from United for a then-world-record £80 million transfer fee, per Goal's Ben Hayward:

Ben Hayward @bghayward

321 - That's eight goals in the last two games for Cristiano Ronaldo and he's now only two away from Raúl's 323 Madrid goals. Impressive.

It would seemingly be a very strange move for Real to sell the irreplaceable Ronaldo next summer when he still has two more years left on his contract.

A far more likely scenario, if he is to ever leave the Bernabeu, would be for Madrid to sell Ronaldo on in the summer of 2017—when he will be 32—or for the Portuguese to depart for free when his contract expires.

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