Manchester United fans can be forgiven for getting excited about the recent rash of transfer rumours regarding Cristiano Ronaldo's potential return to Old Trafford, but it seems even at boardroom level talk about the Real Madrid superstar has attracted attention.
Ronaldo would cost United a whopping £60 million plus a reported salary of around £500,000-a-week once commercial deals are added to his basic wage, but the Glazer family are considering that crazy outlay because they think it might help secure top market value if they put the club up for sale.
The Daily Mail believe the Glazer's are eyeing a timeline which sees them splash out on Ronaldo and then ask buyers for £3 billion to walk away from Old Trafford, although they would be willing to take £2bn if offered by the right buyer.
Some of the outrageous sums quoted are representative of the fact that Ronaldo is the hottest property in world football, a player who if anything has managed to take his game to another level since swapping Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009.
Madrid spent £80m on Ronaldo four years ago and want to recoup the vast majority of that sum before even considering sanctioning the sale of their star player, but this much-rumoured deal is very much on the cards for next summer.
If Ronaldo's agent and serial transfer fixer Jorge Mendes gives this deal the green light expect the Glazer family to follow suit by privately welcoming offers for United, essentially admitting that the euphoria surrounding a completed deal would see the club's value rocket to a place it might never reach again.
United fans want Ronaldo back at all costs and it seems that taking on new owners might be the price they have to pay, for better or worse.
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