Man United prepare massive bid for Ronaldo
Louis van Gaal is intensifying his efforts to build a title-winning squad and is working on a new club-record deal to bring the Portugal star back to Manchester, six years after he joined Real Madrid for a then world record £80 million.
Although United have completed deals for Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, they are determined to secure a marquee buy in the vein of Angel di Maria's British record £59. million arrival last year.
Speculation has intensified over the last few days over the Portuguese star's future and has been the main topic of conversation in La Liga.
A video has shown an unhappy Ronaldo appearing disgruntled with manager Rafa Benitez in pre-season training, while the agent of Iker Casillas has questioned the player's media arrangements and believes the 30-year-old is planning to leave the club.
"One day [Perez] will need to explain why Cristiano works for another company outside of Real Madrid," the recently departed Casillas he told AS.
"Imagine Cristiano generating €40 million elsewhere and giving it to Peter Lim, Valencia’s owner. It ends up in Valencia’s coffers and that’s deplorable. Will anyone speak out and ask Florentino why Cristiano has sold his image rights to Peter Lim?
"That’s not normal; it suggests that Cristiano is planning to leave."
Although United have already added Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, to their squad in the close season, M.E.N. says discussions have already taken place to bring the Madrid star back to the Premier League in what would be a club record deal.
The paper claims United explored the possibility of signing Ronaldo during David Moyes’ first transfer window in 2013, and remains under contract until 2018.
Manager Louis van Gaal has suggested a £surprise" signing could be added before the opening game of the season and any transfer is likely to involved goalkeeper David De Gea.
De Gea travelled to the pre-season tour amid speculation that Los Blancos are ready to make an official bid for the player, something manager Rafa Benitez has denied publicly.