Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has told his staff to go and get him Cristiano Ronaldo if he becomes available this summer.
The Real Madrid man has two years left on his current contract and has not yet signed a renewal after declaring last season that he was unhappy at the club, and it is believed that he would be happy to run down his contract and leave for free in 2015.
Madrid president Florentino Perez last month claimed that the Portuguese forward had signed a new contract - a claim that Ronaldo himself rapidly dismissed on his official Twitter account.
The Ronaldo situation has alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs, who will be keeping a close eye on the situation.
None more so than Manchester United, the club where the player made his name before moving to Spain for a record £80 million. Paris Saint Germain are also seriously interested.
Manchester United love Cristiano Ronaldo, and he loves the club, saying in the past that he would like to return to the club before he retires from the game.
Some might question whether he still would return after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but with Ferguson still involved at the club he would still be an influence.
Manchester United fans even set-up a website to raise funds for the transfer by getting people to pledge to buy a Ronaldo shirt if the signing was completed - hoping this would help the club get their man.
Manchester City have now joined the race, and told Ronaldo’s representatives that they would be prepared to beat any other financial offer put to him, including any from the other half of Manchester.
With reports suggesting that his current club are lining up an offer to make him the world highest paid player, beating the £330,000-per-week that Samuel Eto’o is on at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, Manchester City would essentially have to pay in the region of £350,000-per-week to beat the Spanish club’s offer.
Madrid president Perez is flying out to the USA, where Madrid are on their pre-season tour, in an attempt to get the deal done sooner rather than later and end speculation.
So would Ronaldo go to City? In a word, no, and to think he would is insanity!
Ronaldo loves Manchester United and his old boss too much. The manager and the club turned him from a player with great potential into a great player, gave him a cabinet full of silverware, and helped him earn a Ballon D’or European Player of the Year award.
Ferguson stood by him through his bad publicity following Wayne Rooney’s sending off against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final, and granted him his wish of playing for Real Madrid when the opportunity arose.
The only two realistic outcomes are him staying in Madrid, or moving back to Manchester United.
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