When Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stated that Cristiano Ronaldo would sign a new contract at the Bernabeu, it seemed the fairytale Old Trafford return was nothing more than a pipe dream.
But as Real edge closer to landing Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, perhaps Ronaldo isn’t as valuable to Los Blancos as it first seemed?
Since March, Ronaldo has been linked with moves back to the red half of Manchester, though a deal seemed to suffer when the 'Godfather', Sir Alex Ferguson, stepped down from his post at Old Trafford.
This week, former Real Madrid manager and close friend of Sir Alex, Jose Mourinho said that Ronaldo would remain in Spain, but with Ronaldo himself declaring he was "sad for personal reasons", and with David Moyes adding fuel to the fire by insisting United were "interested in the best players", it seems there is sufficient intent on both parts to make Ronaldo a Manchester United player.
Whether United would be able to afford the pricey Portuguese forward is another matter, especially when they are close to lodging a third bid to sign former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, but rumours remain about the player’s future.
But as Madrid chase Bale it seems that the valuation of the winger is constantly on the rise. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is known for being a shrewd businessman and insisted he will not agree to sell Bale for any price.
Sources working for Spanish media outlet Marca claim that Real have offered Levy £85 million and would be willing to increase that offer to £100 million.
With that kind of money being spent on Bale, as well as the recent acquisitions of Asier Illarramendi and former Manchester City target Isco, Madrid would do well to receive £60 million for a player who is already 28.
If Tottenham were to lose Bale it would almost certainly end their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish before the season has even begun, and if United were able to sign Ronaldo, they would have the edge in their bid to retain the Premier League title.
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