Is Ronaldo about to break the bank for Manchester United?
According to local paper, the MEN, it is reported that the Reds want to re-sign Old Trafford great Cristiano Ronaldo as the club intensifies its efforts to build a potentially title-winning squad.
M.E.N. Sport understands United are working on what could be a new club-record deal to bring Ronaldo back to Manchester six years after he joined Real Madrid for a world record £80m.
Although United have completed deals for Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, the club is determined to secure a marquee buy in the vein of Angel di Maria’s British record £59.7m arrival last year.
United explored the possibility of signing Ronaldo during David Moyes’ first transfer window in 2013, however the three-time Ballon d’Or winner signed a new contract until 2018.
News is that Ronaldo is perplexed by Real's treatment of departing goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who issued a tearful farewell ahead of his transfer to Porto, and United target Sergio Ramos. He is also rumoured to be struggling to get on with new boss Rafa Benitez.
United are yet to submit a second bid for Ramos since Real rejected their £32m opening offer. Ramos and Ronaldo, as well as left-back Marcelo, are now the three longest-serving players at the Bernabeu.
A £12.24m buy from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 United games, won three Premier League titles, two League Cups, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Club World Cup.