Manchester United and Manchester City are among four clubs willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a signing-on fee in excess of €60million, according to reports.
Spanish publication AS claims the Red Devils and Citizens, as well as PSG and AS Monaco, would offer the Portuguese winger a huge fee if he joins after seeing out his contract with Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has two-years left to run on his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, and would be free to leave for nothing in the summer of 2015 should he remain in the Spanish capital and not sign a new deal.
The paper goes on to claim that Ronaldo would also be offered an annual salary of €23million plus full image rights, making him the highest-paid player in the world.
Ronaldo left Manchester United for a world-record £80million back in the summer of 2009, and has been linked with a return on a number of occasions.
However, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer in charge at Old Trafford, with David Moyes taking the reigns from the legendary Scot.
He was reportedly preparing a £65million-plus-player offer for Ronaldo yesterday, but now the Manchester United manager will be hoping to land the player ‘for free’ in two-years time.
Manchester City will have the same thought process, and have certainly shown in recent times that they are not afraid to make big-money offers to players.
Indeed, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure are among the highest-paid players in world football, and Ronaldo would add to the expensive crop at the Etihad Stadium.
His arrival would certainly signal Manchester City’s intent to continue challenging for trophies, but the 24-month wait might be an issue for the demanding owners.