Manchester United would have to pay a staggering £140m to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.
Mark Ogden from The Telegraph also reports Manchester City and Paris St Germain were sounded out but City chose not to pursue the opportunity due to FFP regulations.
Florentino Perez’s relationship with Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes is believed to have soured over the past couple of seasons due in no small part to Madrid’s decision to sell some of their best players including Angel di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Xabi Alonso.
Ronaldo has always left the door for a return to Old Trafford and after the blockbuster summer of signings, United clearly have the funds to sign almost every player in the world but it is an eye-watering amount of money for a player who will be 30 by the time next summer comes around.
It is certainly an unbelievable amount of money but in the grand scheme of things, it is something which United could no doubt afford to do. Next season is the first of Adidas’ £75m a year shirt sponsorship and new TV rights packages are expected to inject a huge amount of cash into clubs when they are announced as well.
However, do United really need to re-sign Ronaldo or would their money be better spent elsewhere?