Real Madrid have slapped a mammoth £174.5m (€200m) price tag on Cristiano Ronaldo after it was confirmed the 32-year-old would leave the Bernabeu this summer, according to reports from Spain.
Sources at Sky Sports revealed on Friday that the Portuguese, amid allegations of tax fraud, no longer wanted to play in Spain after eight campaigns with Los Blancos.
Ronaldo recently admitted to missing life at Old Trafford, citing a measure of discontent with the way Madrid supporters turned on their team – and specifically him – during tough moments.
And according to Spanish outlet Marca, Madrid will only consider offers from £174.5m for the Ballon D’Or holder this summer.
Man United will reportedly shell out a total of £200m over this summer’s transfer window, with £31m of that already going towards the capture of Benfica’s Victor Lindelof. That leaves Ed Woodward with £169m. Now, we’ll assume that United have to pay £48m for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and £79m for Morata, as respectively demanded.
That leaves you with £42m – which will, you imagine, go towards the last of Mourinho four stated targets in the form of a defensive midfielder. He may have to pay more. For the sake of argument, we’ll say a flat figure of £50m, meaning United would have spent £208m before even sizing up Ronaldo’s fee.
Add the Portuguese as well and you get a spending spree of £382.5m – almost double the record amount spent in one window (£194m by Madrid in 2009).
An absurd amount, yes, and if Woodward really does go all out by securing Mourinho’s four targets and Ronaldo, the parameters of spending in the footballing sphere will undergo a seismic shift.