Manchester United will refuse to bow to Real Madrid’s demands if a move for Cristiano Ronaldo is to happen this summer, says the Daily Mail.
Despite Ronaldo signing a new five-year deal with Madrid last year, exit rumours have gathered pace thanks in no small part to United as player sales including Angel di Maria have reportedly left Ronaldo frustrated in the Spanish capital.
However romantic a return for Ronaldo sounds on paper, United are likely to be unwilling to overspend on a player who turns 30 in February and with Madrid expected to announce debts of nearly £400m, they are not in the strongest position to negotiate which would play to United’s advantage.
A major sticky point in any move could be Ronaldo’s wages as he currently earns a reported £300,000 per week after tax, figures which would make him by far and away the highest earning player at Old Trafford, something United would be keen to avoid in order to keep the equilibrium in the squad.
Do you think Ronaldo would take a pay cut to re-join Man United?
There are plenty of pros and cons when looking at any deal for Ronaldo and it’s safe to say a convincing case can be argued for and against a move for him but if it were to happen.
That being said, it all comes down to prerogatives and whether funding a move for Ronaldo is what Van Gaal feels will take United further forward and, of course, whether Madrid would be willing to cash in on the best player in the world.
United fans would certainly love to see Ronaldo back playing in a United shirt again but only if it was best for the team.