Recently, the Daily Express reported that Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo would next summer be the target of Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United. In a sensational follow-up, the Daily Mail now reports that if he does indeed decide to return to England, then the Real Madrid forward will demand a staggering half-a-million pound salary a-week.
Of course, Ronaldo has history with the Red Devils having spent a good six years under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United is where he transformed into a football superstar. At Chelsea he will have the chance to reunite with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who it is reported he didn’t have the best relationship with. But the mutual admiration they have for each other’s talents should not be overlooked.
According to Bein Sports, ‘The Special One’ has flat-out denied reports the two will be reuniting at Stamford Bridge. But between now and next summer, he may just change his mind if one of his top players like Oscar is courted by the likes of Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid (who have previously expressed interest).
CR7 reportedly confirmed that he was on the cusp of making a return to Old Trafford last year, but due to the departure of his mentor Sir Alex and an apparent disagreement on wages, it didn’t quite pan out. He decided to stay on at the Santiago Bernabeu after Real Madrid met his wage demands of a reported £350,000-a-week.
In the Premier League, United decided to give their star forward Wayne Rooney a lucrative deal worth £300,000-a-week when he renewed his contract. Recent loan-signing from Monaco Radamel Falcao is also in the same earning bracket.
Under the management of ‘no bullsh*t’ boss Louis Van Gaal, United has been more open to spending huge amounts of cash on proven stars. This year, Angel Di Maria was a marquee signing from Real Madrid for £59.7 million, making him the fifth-most expensive transfer of all time.
It is possible the move may happen next summer since Ronaldo and Falcao have the same agent Jorge Mendes. As the Madrid left-winger has already hinted at his departure, it is clear Chelsea and Manchester United won’t be the only ones battling it out for his services (*Read Abu Dhabi Sheikhs).
Mourinho has been known for hijacking deals like stealing Brazilian star Willian from right under the nose of Tottenham Hotspurs. If he (somehow) manages to take Ronaldo to the Bridge, it will prove to be the mother of all transfer hijackings.
Ronaldo has made his demands known… The question is who is prepared to meet them?