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16 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 16/06/17 3:57pm

Will Manchester United make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo?

Will Manchester United make a move for Cristiano Ronaldo?

, according to sources, but which clubs could make a sensational summer swoop for the forward?

sources understand Ronaldo sees his future away from Spain, with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner angry about the way he has been treated by Spanish tax authorities.

Having signed a new five-year contract at Real last November – which features a release clause of 1bn euro (£875m) -any club that comes in for Ronaldo would have to spend big in terms of transfer fee and also wages, with recently reporting that he for 2017, based on salary and endorsements.

Kaveh Solhekol says sources close to Ronaldo say the player is angry at accusations from Spanish tax authorities

So who can actually afford to move for Ronaldo? Or will the Portugal international end up staying at the Bernabeu?

We weigh up Ronaldo’s options…

Manchester United – ()

Could we see Ronaldo grace the Premier League once more? Having arrived at Manchester United as a winger in 2003, Ronaldo matured into a deadly forward under Sir Alex Ferguson. He picked up his first Ballon d’Or while at Old Trafford in 2008, and was instrumental in guiding them to league glory three times and the Champions League in 2007/08.

Ronaldo won the Champions League with United in 2008, as well as three Premier League titles

Ronaldo won the Champions League with United in 2008, as well as three Premier League titles

Ronaldo won the Champions League with United in 2008, as well as three Premier League titles

The 32-year-old admitted earlier this month that he misses United and the Premier League, having been subject to boos at the Bernabeu.

“I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it [home fans booing] never happened to me. Not even once,” he told Spanish TV La Sexta ahead of their Champions League victory over Juventus.

“Maybe England is a case apart, the mentality is different. I’m very happy being in Spain but obviously I also miss England because you can’t just turn off the memories.”

Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid because he does not want to play in Spain anymore, Sky sources understand

Paris Saint-Germain – ()

PSG’s four-year spell as Ligue 1 champions was ended by Monaco recently, and the Parisian outfit will be looking to assemble a squad that can both regain the title and deliver European glory.

Ronaldo’s arrival would certainly fill the Zlatan Ibrahimovic-shaped hole that was left when the Swede departed in the summer of 2016, and PSG’s Qatari owners would likely be able to meet Ronaldo’s desires salary-wise – the question would, therefore, remain whether he sees his future in France.

Any Chinese Super League club – ()

The mid-season window is opening on Monday in China, and the news that Ronaldo wants to leave Real will put a number of Chinese Super League clubs on red alert.

Carlos Tevez became the – earning a reported £610,000 a week – while Shanghai SIPG splashed out £60m on Oscar.

Shanghai Shenhua splashed the cash on Carlos Tevez - will Chinese Super League clubs make a move for Ronaldo?

Shanghai Shenhua splashed the cash on Carlos Tevez - will Chinese Super League clubs make a move for Ronaldo?

Shanghai Shenhua splashed the cash on Carlos Tevez – will Chinese Super League clubs make a move for Ronaldo?

Though the Chinese government told sides to curb their spending, clubs would surely break the bank to sign Ronaldo, while any move would truly put the CSL on the world map of football.

Any MLS club – ()

Ronaldo admitted last year that a move to Major League Soccer .

Some 18 months later, the future could be now. It would be a huge coup for the MLS, with Ronaldo admitting that the quality of football stateside is getting “better and better”.

Manchester City – ()

It’s difficult to see Ronaldo heading to the blue side of Manchester, but City are in the mood for spending this summer and could decide to make a move for the forward.

Ronaldo has never worked under Pep Guardiola – which could prove to be a tempting venture for both, but it remains an outside bet. There’s no denying he would be an invaluable addition to City as they look to move on from their trophy-less 2016/17 campaign.

Would Pep Guardiola like to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester City?

Would Pep Guardiola like to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester City?

Would Pep Guardiola like to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester City?

To stay at Real Madrid – ()

Ronaldo remains odds-on to stay at Real despite reports that he wants out.

He was inspirational in guiding to La Liga and Champions League glory last season, with many tipping him for a fifth Ballon d’Or come year’s end.

Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Real Madrid’s win in the Champions League proves Ronaldo is the best goalscorer of all time

To date, Ronaldo has scored 406 goals for Real Madrid – in just 394 games – making him comfortably the club’s all-time top goalscorer (to name but one record he has achieved in Spain).

It would be a surprising end to a glittering stint in Madrid, and the odds suggest he’s likely to continue rewriting the history books at Real. However, there’ll be plenty of twists and turns in this story for weeks to come.


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