Paris Saint-Germain are free to make a summer bid for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after UEFA lifted the French club’s Financial Fair Play restrictions.
News that PSG are weighing up an offer for the three-time Ballon d’Or winner comes courtesy of the Telegraph, who understand the Parisians are keen to sign Ronaldo as a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The report adds that Ronaldo would countenance a surprise move to the Parc des Princes if Real Madrid accepted an offer; the Spanish giants may consider bids in the region of £88.5 million - a potential world-record fee - for the 30-year-old.
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PSG were initially restricted to a £42.5 million transfer budget this summer - £8.5 million of which had already been spent on Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier - as well as additional restrictions on the size of their squad.
However, UEFA formed the Ligue 1 title holders on Wednesday that their appeal against this particular punishment - they were initially fined £20 million in May 2014 - had been successful.
Cristiano Ronaldo annoyed at Real Madrid
Subsequently, PSG will be able to spend big money on improving their squad this summer - and their number one target is the current holder of the Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo.
Manchester United’s unsettled record signing Angel di Maria is also on PSG’s wish-list, but the signing of Ronaldo would be the more impressive coup for the ambitious French club.
It was reported last month by Spanish newspaper AS that Ronaldo feels irritated by several recent events at the Bernabeu, which could help PSG in their bid to lure the all-time great to Paris.
The Portugal captain was close to Carlo Ancelotti, who was unceremoniously sacked by Real Madrid at the end of last season, and hasn’t got off to the best of starts with the Italian’s successor Rafael Benitez.
Ronaldo is perturbed by speculation that Benitez plans to use him as a centre-forward from the start of next season - learning this information from the press, rather than the Spanish coach himself - while the fact Benitez paid a personal visit to Gareth Bale last month and did not go to see him has also irked the prolific winger.
Amongst other reasons for his annoyance, Ronaldo is concerned about the club’s treatment towards long-serving players Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, fearing the same could happen to him over the next few seasons.
PSG project may appeal to Ronaldo
Ronaldo would be the main man at PSG for years to come, despite his age, and knows it is a club on the up.
PSG appear to be edging closer to winning the Champions League for the first time and the opportunity to help the Qatari-owned club - a brand new challenge - may appeal to the former Manchester United star.
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