Manchester City’s director of football has revealed he is in daily contact with Jorge Mendes, the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, which has inevitably led to a link between the Real Madrid icon and the Premier League champions.
Speculation about Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid reached its zenith during the summer transfer window as Manchester United were credited with interest in bringing the Portuguese back to Old Trafford.
But could it be that he joins Manchester City instead of United? Well, according to The Sun, comments from Txiki Begiristain suggest City would be prepared offer a world record sum were Ronaldo to become available.
Begiristain, who previously worked at Barcelona, said: “I ask Jorge [Mendes] about situations every day. I can ask him every day about Cristiano.”
Ronaldo would, however, appear likely stay with Real Madrid for the long-term - with his current deal running until 2017 - after Mendes had expressed his expectation that the 29-year-old will retire in the Spanish capital.
The player himself has given hope in the past of a return to Manchester United given the great affection he still holds for the club, but Madrid will do all they can to keep Ronaldo until he hangs up his boots.
As far as Manchester City are concerned, however, there would seem to be little to no chance that Ronaldo would consider moving to the Etihad Stadium given his ties to Manchester United.
But stranger things have happened, of course.