Manchester United are ready to give up hope of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford as the figures involved in the deal rise to astronomical figures, according to The Daily Mail.
Fans of Manchester United have shown their support for the move and are desperate to see their former hero play for the club once again.
However, it is becoming widely apparent that the cost of making Ronaldo a Manchester United player would cost well in excess of £100 million. For a player approaching 30-years-old, the deal makes little sense to the Old Trafford officials.
Ronaldo is demanding £20 million a year in wages – around £500,000-a-week – while Real Madrid would want as much as £60 million for the transfer. Signing a five-year deal would take the cost of the deal to £140 million.
Even for Manchester United, who raked in a record turnover £433.2 million last year and are set to earn a massive £75 million a season from their new kit deal with adidas next season, that figure is deemed as too high.
Manchester United need to stay responsible financially to fall in line with Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations and must also look to put funds into signing important squad players, rather than individual superstars.
The same report quotes a Manchester United as saying: "Ronaldo will always be loved here.
"But if you look at the numbers and his age than you have to ask if it really could be made to work.
"We are not at all sure it can."
A growing number of Manchester United officials believe their best chance of signing Ronaldo was last summer when the player made it clear to them that he would quit Real Madrid.
Ronaldo was unsettled in the Spanish capital and a return to Old Trafford looked likely. However after Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was replaced by David Moyes, the deal never looked likely.
There is also a growing belief that Ronaldo used their interest in order to engineer a substantial pay rise from Real Madrid. The 29-year-old agreed a new contract last year.
That new deal ties Ronaldo to Real Madrid until 2018 meaning Florentino Perez could hold onto him for the rest of his career. Although Ronaldo is a special talent, there is no doubt he would have lost a certain edge by his 33rd birthday. It is that contract that makes his return to Old Trafford almost impossible.