Speculations over Cristiano Ronaldo’s new footballing home are running rampant since the reports of the Portuguese being ‘deeply disenchanted’ with Spain and Real Madrid over the handling of alleged tax fraud charges.
If CR7 actually decides to pack his bag and look for a new abode, media reports suggest that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain would lock horns over welcoming the striker warmly.
According to the Times, Manchester United are ‘exploring the viability of buying the 32-year-old back.’ United had sold Ronaldo to Real at £80 million eight years ago. In another report by Corriere dello Sport, PSG are planning to offer €140 million to have the striker play on French soil.
A report in Spanish outlet Marca says that Real have set the price tag for Ronaldo and Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain will have to double the transfer world record if they want to bid. Los Blancos intend to push the bidders to as far as €200 million for the transfer fee.
However, his Real contract is understood to have a €874 million buy-out clause and, in May, Forbes calculated his pre-tax salary as being close to €45 million a year.
Ronaldo has helped Real win the Champions League three times, scoring twice in last month’s final as they became the first club to retain the title, and he is also the competition’s record goal scorer with 105.