Real Madrid will block Manchester United move for Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has been in scintillating form (©GettyImages)

Manchester United have spent massively over the past few summers and it seems as though they intend to carry that on next year - but it looks increasingly unlikely that they'll land Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

The Red Devils spent £150 million on six new players in the last transfer window, adding to the £27 million they spent on Marouane Fellaini in 2013 and £37.1 million on Juan Mata from Chelsea in January.

They've been heavily linked with a host of players in the winter window - but it seems they were planning to go big with a swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of this season. 

They will have to pay around £80 million plus £20 million in wages to lure the Portuguese superstar back to Old Trafford - but the deal looks in serious trouble. That's according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who says that Manchester United have the money, Ronaldo is interested in the move but crucially Madrid are not willing to sell him in the next summer window.

"I know for a fact Real Madrid will not let Cristiano go this summer, no way," he said. "It doesn’t matter that Manchester United have the finances to get him, it doesn’t matter that Cristiano is thinking of coming back – Real Madrid won’t let him go."

The Spanish giants tied Ronaldo down to a massive contract last year, and his form this season means they are unlikely to sell at any price.

De only way is up

David de Gea put in the performance of his career to help Manchester United beat Everton on Sunday - but it turns out it could have all been very different.

The Spaniard had a tough start to life at Old Trafford following his switch in 2011 - and has now admitted that he contemplated leaving the club, although he is glad he stuck it out.

There were concerns with his lifestyle following his move from Atletico Madrid while his physique was also called into question - but he has turned his career around to establish himself as one of the best in the Premier League.

In an interview he did admit that he pondered leaving the club when things were going wrong.

Sometimes it was difficult when you get a lot of criticism like I did,” he admitted. “But I kept strong and I always tried to remain positive. I loved training. It was a great pleasure, so I just did my work and worked through it.

Book of revelations

And finally Roy Keane has lifted the lid on his time at Manchester United in his explosive second autobiography. The former midfielder has revealed that he once head butted Peter Schmeichel, and has lashed out at Sir Alex Ferguson over his controversial exit in 2005.

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