Cristiano Ronaldo may be convinced to leave Real Madrid and make a big-money move to either Manchester United or Chelsea by his entourage, according to well-respected Fifa agent Francois Gallardo.
The world-renowned transfer guru told French sources that he believed the seemingly impossible deal which would see Ronaldo return to his former haunt could be made possible, by those who stand to make a lot of money if he does so.
As relayed by French newspaper Le 10 Sport, Gallardo believes that Ronaldo isn’t angling for a Madrid exit, despite the persistent rumours which have emerged over the past few weeks, but nonetheless he could be persuaded to do so, with certain clubs prepared to offer “crazy money.”
“Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to leave, but his entourage will try to change his mind,” Gallardo told Neox.
“He is preparing his departure for next summer, he has said. Currently, he is happy at Real Madrid , yet its environment is going to move and offers will be made by other clubs. These teams can offer crazy money.”
The Ronaldo rumour
What began as just fanciful gossip has seemingly took a turn for the more dramatic, as virtually every media outlet in the world continues to play on the idea of Ronaldo making a triumphant return to Old Trafford. Initially it was said that the Portuguese superstar was deeply upset over the sale of former team-mate Angel Di Maria, who coincidentally moved to United for £59.7 million.
What followed was the apparent anger of Florentino Perez, who was reportedly annoyed at Ronaldo for going public with his thoughts on Madrid’s transfer business. Those claims have since been vehemently denied by Perez, but Ronaldo’s decision to reiterate his love for United, and play up the notion of one day returning there before his boots are hung up, have done little to quell the speculation.
And it’s not just United that are interested in taking him on, as numerous reports have stated that Jose Mourinho is also looking into the possibility of a reunion with the current Ballon d’Or winner. It’s said that a £60 million fee would be enough to force Madrid to consider their options regarding Ronaldo’s future, though even then his importance to Los Blancos makes it unlikely.
The commercial profits he makes for the club, not to mention his incredible goalscoring record, make him as close to an ‘unsaleable’ asset as a Madrid player can get, and Carlo Ancelotti will likely fight tooth and nail against any plans to see him depart.
That being said the underlying theme of his love for United simply won’t go away and, with Louis van Gaal charged with leading the club forward in a new era, the finances are there to enable them to forge a very lucrative deal. £300,000-a-year is said to be what Ronaldo is after, though whether Gallardo is right when he says that those around the player will attempt to convince him to seek such a deal elsewhere remains to be seen.