One of the headline stories in the Mail on Sunday this weekend is some inside news about just how far Manchester United will go to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
The transfer gossip has been allowed to fester in recent weeks after Ronaldo publicly criticised Real’s transfer dealings in the summer, which allowed the likes of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Will noise building the Ronaldo may be seeing an end date to his time in Madrid, thoughts that the Portuguese superstar could return to Old Trafford have been growing.
With that in mind, the Mail on Sunday claim to know where Man United draw the line on the proposed deal: before £120 million.
In a strangely worded statement, the Mail claim:
Manchester United will not break the bank to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo – because he turned them down a year ago to sign a new deal with Real Madrid.
While United would love Ronaldo back at Old Trafford because of his talent and star appeal, a package of about 120 million for a player who turns 30 in February is considered a step too far even for the richest club in the world.
United are determined that any potential move next summer will be done on their terms and are prepared to play hardball with Real.
Do Manchester United really have such a ego? Or is business, business?
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