United’s chances of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo took a turn for the worse with recent reports that French Ligue 1 side Monaco could be set to continue their Summer spending spree with a world record bid for the player.
The Telegraph notes:
Monaco are ready to make a world record €100m (£85m) bid for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has just two years left on his contract at Madrid and is known to be disillusioned with life at the Santiago Bernabeu, at the end of his fourth season there.
The Ligue 1 club, funded by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have already spent over £110m this summer on Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid and James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho of Porto. They are now prepared to make their boldest move yet, taking advantage of the Portuguese forward’s frustration at Madrid, and failure to sign a new deal, to tempt him to join with a world record salary offer of €20m (£17m) per year.
Madrid may be tempted to part company with Ronaldo if such a bid is true, after all making a profit on an £80 million signing with two year’s left on his contract is almost beyond the realms of reason. United are reported to be willing to put together a £65 million package with help from the likes of Nike and sponsors Chevrolet but would no doubt be unlikely to pay more than the fee received for Ronaldo only four years ago.
With Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain and now Monaco seemingly able to spend whatever they want on players, financial fair play can’t come soon enough if we’re to see an end to over-inflated transfers funded by billionaires.