Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo in recent months, and it seems as though this summer could be the right time to do the deal.
That's because the Red Devils and Real Madrid could both turn a profit on the sale of the Portuguese superstar according to "UK's leading foreign exchange advisory" Audere Solutions.
Manchester United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009 for a then-world record fee of £80 million, however since then the Euro has fallen against the pound, and if reports are to be believed and they are willing to fork out a fee of over £70 million - that means that the Spanish giants would effectively get all of their money back.
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James Ruddiman of Audere told the Mirror: "The initial transfer in 2009 was at a rate of 0.8510 Euro to Sterling and the current market rate is 0.7350."
"If Manchester were to pay £80m (the same fee they received in 2009) for Ronaldo at current market rates, Real Madrid would receive €108.8m (£80m / 0.7350 = €108.8). Therefore, without taking into account his wages, Madrid would make a €14.8m profit from having the best player in the world for 6 years, in the prime of his career. Not a bad return."
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Ruddiman also explained that there was a way that both Real Madrid and Manchester United could make some money on the transfer - however it would need the Red Devils to fork out a fee of around €101 million.
"At current market rates of 0.7350 this would cost United only £74.8m (€101m * 0.7350), meaning they would profit by £5.2m and Real would make a profit of €7m, a win-win situation!
"In fact, if Real were to accept €94m, the same they paid for him in 2009, then United will only have to pay £69m (€94m * 0.7350)."
Despite the deal working in theory, it seems highly unlikely that Manchester United will be able to pull off a move for Ronaldo in the summer, although the winger has previously suggested that he'd be open to the idea of a return to Old Trafford.
However with manager Louis van Gaal in need of serious investment elsewhere in his squad he is unlikely to commit such funds to pulling off a deal for one player.
The Dutch coach is said to be looking at deals for Paul Pogba and Mats Hummels, while Memphis Depay is also believed to be a target. Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford but that seems equally unlikely.
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