Man United & Man City set to battle for £164m duo

Manchester United and Manchester City could go toe-to-toe for Real Madrid pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale this summer, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

The duo are the most expensive players in the history of the game, with Los Blancos having broken the world transfer record on two occasions to land the pair for fees of £80m and £86m respectively.

But despite the double act having been successful at the Bernabeu, visible signs of unrest between the two players and issues surrounding Real’s form have placed their futures in doubt, and Hunter feels that both United and City could pursue mega moves for them when the transfer window re-opens:

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“There is a very clear opinion among the two Manchester clubs, and I mean City as well as United, that they think they have an opportunity to come and buy Ronaldo.” He is quoted by The Express.

“Honestly, my opinion is we have to wait and see because I think he (Ronaldo) will be tempted. He will be asked by both Manchester clubs. I think that goes for Bale too.

“It has been a talking point amongst the Manchester City players for a great part of the last 10 days.”

Ronaldo and Bale have impressed for Real, but their relationship has shown signs of decline of late, with the Ballon d’Or winner having reacted angrily when the Welshman netted from a rebound from his shot against Levante over the weekend.

And Hunter feels that the pair are no longer a dream combo:

“When Bale arrived, on the training ground he won over Cristiano Ronaldo.” He said. “He gave respect to Bale. Now, (Bale) is working a little bit less, he’s certainly believing that he’s more of a Ronaldo figure in that club, on the training ground.

“If Bale had behaved as he’s done this season when he arrived last season, I think the cracks in that relationship, that marriage of convenience between them, would have become apparent more quickly.”