According to reports in The Telegraph, Cristiano Ronaldo’s advisers are telling interested clubs like Manchester United that the Real Madrid forward wants a “fresh challenge” and that he could be available for €150m (approximately £131m).
Well, the report says that rather than wanting to leave Spain because of the accusations of tax fraud he is facing, the Portugal international is looking to leave Madrid for football reasons as he feels he has done all he can with the club having won La Liga and the Champions League last season, scoring 42 goals in 46 appearances in the process.
Potential suitors are being encouraged to submit suitable offers even though the 32-year-old only signed a new five-year deal at the Bernabeu last year with a buy-out clause of €1bn, but a fee of £131m is the one circulating that could be enough to get the world star.
The Telegraph story goes on to say United are interested in bringing Ronaldo back to Old Trafford and could be willing to pay that fee – especially as they signed Paul Pogba in a world-record move last summer.
It’s difficult to say.
While Jose Mourinho may have his reservations on paying that much for a player that is 32 years of age, he will also be aware of the incredible physical condition that Ronaldo keeps himself in.
In addition, the club know that as well as getting a player that can make a huge difference on the pitch, it would be huge for them from a commercial point to sign arguably the best and most well known player on the planet.
Ronaldo can play anywhere across the frontline and Mourinho may have been particularly impressed by his ability to play as a centre-forward in recent seasons, especially as the Portuguese boss is looking for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic right now.
The 32-year-old would have a similar influence to the one that the Swede held over his teammates and the supporters despite spending just a year at Old Trafford, and could provide the boost needed to help them win the Premier League title again.
Well, there is no doubt that United still hold a special spot in the heart of Ronaldo, and if he really does want to leave Madrid – and if United are willing to pay a fee of more than £130m – then a deal could very much be on the cards this summer.