Manchester United are on standby as Cristiano Ronaldo's contract renewal talks with Real Madrid took an unexpected turn.
The Evening Standard reports that former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has divulged how Ronaldo surprised Los Blancos with a staggering request.
Ronaldo had entered into fresh negotiations with current president Florentino Perez, who has insisted that the Portugal international will remain a Madrid player until the end of his career, in the wake of old club Manchester United signalling interest in a potential purchase.
Calderon told the Sun: "The president is afraid that, at some moment, Cristiano will go - and that would be very bad news for Real Madrid.
"Ronaldo tried to talk with the president about the renewal of his contract and the talks did not go well.
"Now he is asking for £17.5million net every season. That's going to be difficult for Real to accept."
It is being reported that Ronaldo is requesting the £17.5 million figure after tax, meaning Madrid's number seven would be taking home around £330,000-a-week.
The 28-year-old is currently in America with the Madrid squad as part of their preparations for the new season, but Calderon believes Perez is bringing in Gareth Bale as a replacement.
"I think the president has all his eggs on the table just in case he can’t get the renewal of Cristiano. That is my impression," he said.
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