Sunday 20 January 2019

Transfer watch: £150m (€ 170) tag on Ronaldo amid City interest

REAL Madrid have slapped a £150m (€ 170) price tag on Cristiano Ronaldo after reports Manchester City were preparing an audacious bid for the Portuguese star.

Ronaldo scored a record 53 goals last season but could not inspire Madrid to a La Liga title. If a successful bid is made, it is understood that Ronaldo would demand the No 7 shirt and £400,000-a-week in wages.

MANCHESTER UNITED: Wesley Sneijder - a target of United and Chelsea - has left the door open on a possible move away from the San Siro. In an interview with ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ yesterday, the Dutch ace indicated that his playing future remains in doubt. “The Inter fans have always treated me very well.

They were wonderful and I want to simply thank them,” he said. “Only God will decide where my future lies.” Meanwhile, Nemanja Vidic’s agent has dismissed reports that the United captain may leave Old Trafford. The 29-year-old Serbian defender, who has been the subject of transfer speculation in the past, has been linked with a move to Juventus even though he has three years left on his contract. “He’s a player everyone wants,” his agent Silvano Martina said. “I talked to him about a hypothetical transfer and he said ‘I am the captain of Manchester United, earning well, I’ve won almost everything. Why should I go to Italy when Italian football is going through a turbulent period’?”

BOLTON WANDERERS: The Trotters look set to table a new £8m bid for Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome. Owen Coyle’s side have already had a £5m move rejected but the improved offer may be enough to land the sought after striker. The 24-year-old is reportedly keen on a move away from St Andrew’s with defender Roger Johnson likely to join in the exodus.

NORWICH CITY: Irish centre-half Sean St Ledger is emerging as a summer target for the Premier League newcomers. St Ledger looks certain to leave Preston after they were relegated from the Championship following an abysmal season. The 26-year-old defender is also a target of Norwich’s rivals Ipswich Town.

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