Cristiano Ronaldo has been seeing Paris Saint-Germain behind Real Madrid’s back.
That is according to France Football, who claim the Portuguese star has met with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi five times recently, the most recent being last Wednesday after Ronaldo thumped Wolfsburg out of the Champions League.
Even one meeting between the two would have sent the transfer rumour mill into overdrive, so the report that they have met five times is astounding. Clearly, PSG want to sign the 31-year-old, and it sounds as if Ronaldo is interested, too.
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The three-time Ballon d’Or winner, who scored a hat-trick in Madrid’s 3-0 win over Wolfsburg, is said to have taken his private jet from Torrejon de Ardoz to Bourget airport after Zinedine Zidane gave his players some time off.
Upon landing in France, he was taken to Hotel Costes in Paris. Ronaldo returned to Madrid the following day to make it to training, which started at 11am.
It’s certainly been a busy day for PSG where rumours are concerned. On the same day France Football’s report was published, Sky Sports claimed the French champions have approached Jose Mourinho to replace Laurent Blanc.
Al-Khelaifi is said to have grown frustrated with Blanc for failing to take PSG beyond the Champions League quarter-finals for the third straight season.
Of course, Ronaldo and Mourinho share the same agent: Jorge Mendes. A possible reunion at the Parc des Princes? PSG could certainly afford to make it possible.
The Qatari made contact with Mourinho immediately after his team were knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Manchester City.
But according to Sky Sports, the former Chelsea boss is keen to wait until the end of the season and monitor the situation at Manchester United, where Louis van Gaal is battling to keep his job.
Even if PSG do not appoint Mourinho, Ronaldo, who has scored 47 goals this season, might be interested in a move to the French capital provided Blanc stays.
Last year, after Madrid beat Blanc’s side in the Champions League, La Parisien reported that Ronaldo approached the manager and told him: “Your team plays really well. I would love to work with you.”
€60 million price tag
Of course, Madrid must be willing to part ways with the man who has shown no signs of slowing down this season. According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Florentino Perez is eager to sell the ageing forward this summer and believes he could fetch €60 million for Ronaldo.
His €20-25m-a-season wage demands wouldn’t be a problem for PSG, especially if Zlatan Ibrahimovic departs in the summer.
Yet, despite his meetings with Al-Khelaifi, Ronaldo has openly admitted his desire to see out his contract with Madrid, which expires in 2018.
“I have been in Spain six years,” he told Marca. “I was also at Manchester United for six years and that was a great experience, a great championship, but for me this [La Liga] is the best league in the world. It’s a privilege to be here.
“I want to be here for a couple more years and then we’ll see. That’s the duration of my contract and I want to give my all in that time.”