Manchester United fans may be absolutely desperate for Cristiano Ronaldo to complete a blockbuster Old Trafford return next summer, but Der Bild believe that the financial details of the deal are absolutely astronomical and could render any interest redundant.
The German publication believe that Ronaldo still has a quite staggering €1 billion buyout clause in his current Real Madrid contract, which United would have to take into account before even beginning discussions over wage demands reaching a quite staggering €630,000-a-week.
United would of course expect serious room for negotiation on those frankly outrageous sums if the Portuguese superstar is serious about playing in the Premier League again, but the merge suggestion of breaking transfer records left right and centre should be enough to send alarm bells ringing at the Theatre of Dreams.
Louis van Gaal's side have set out their stall with regard to spending over the last four months, setting a new club-high mark for transfers in a single window.
Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo cost United a combined £150m, and that's before lofty salaries are factored into a budget which has rocketed since the Dutch veteran took charge.
United certainly have the means to keep opening their chequebook to acquire the very best players world football has to offer, but would Van Gaal bow to pressure from inside the club and launch a raid for Ronaldo next summer?
Ronaldo growing tired of life in the Spanish capital
A solid week of speculation that Ronaldo would be open to joining Man United, Chelsea or even Man City has primarily stemmed from a falling out with Real Madrid's hierarchy over their transfer policy.
Ronaldo is unhappy that Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso, two players who were huge factors in Madrid's Champions League success last season, have both been allowed to move on.
The 29-year-old was similarly furious that Mesut Ozil signed for Arsenal last summer and is now directly at odds with Madrid president Florentino Perez over how best to move the club forward, a stance that hasn't served many Los Blancos stars well in the past.
Perez has been at pains to insist there's no problem with Madrid's golden boy, but a poor start to the season hasn't helped paper over those cracks and this is now a transfer saga that looks set to drag on right through to next summer.
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