Manchester United target Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been advised by those close to him not to pursue a transfer this summer, but instead wait until his contract with Real Madrid expires before moving on.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Monaco are prepared to make Ronaldo the world's richest player with a bid before the transfer deadline, but the Real Madrid star is being told to resist the temptation to join the Ligue 2 champions.
Manchester United accept they will be unable to compete with Monaco in the transfer market - with the principality club planning a bid of £85 million for Ronaldo - but hope the Portugal captain sits tight until the end of his current deal.
Ronaldo is out of contract at the end of the 2014-15 and, although Florentino Perez is confident the 28-year-old will stay with Real Madrid, the player's advisors have suggested he waits 18 months to secure a free transfer to Manchester United.
Ronaldo would be free to begin negotiating with other clubs in the final six months of his deal, and Manchester United would reportedly be among the top contenders to sign him.
The former Old Trafford superstar is expected to rebuff any attempts by Monaco to secure his signature - despite the financial incentives - with Ronaldo reportedly unwilling to play outside the Champions League, even if for just one season.
Should he resist both Monaco and Real Madrid, Ronaldo will reportedly stand to receive a package in the region of €140 million should he return to Manchester United, with the Premier League club willing to offer a sizeable signing on fee.
The Premier League champions would save a significant sum on not paying a transfer fee for Ronaldo, and will reportedly offer the Portuguese €20 million-a-year plus 100 percent of his image rights.
Ronaldo's image rights are currently split 60-40 in his favour with Real Madrid, although Los Blancos may be willing to lose a further chunk were they able to guarantee the player would stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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