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Four key players Manchester United can sell to fund Cristiano Ronaldo bid

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Former Manchester United number seven Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly 'up for sale' this summer. How can the Red Devils bring him back?

Sensational reports over the past 24 hours have claimed Real Madrid are ready to cash in on Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, with it said that club president Florentino Perez has become exasperated with his refusal to sign a new deal, which currently runs until 2015.

While we expect imminent denials to the rumours, there could well be truth behind it, and with Madrid looking at big money bids for Gareth Bale and Isco, it isn't entirely out of the realm of possibility.

PSG have already stated they want to bring Ronaldo to the club, but the player is said to harbour ambitions of a return to Manchester United. The problem is whether United could afford him. Madrid would hope to claw back nearly all of the £80 million they spent on the Galactico.

It's clear if United did want to make a blockbuster move to bring back CR7, they would have to offload some stars and front up some cash of their own. But it would surely be worth it with the on-pitch payback plus commercial revenue a marketable figure like Ronaldo would bring back to the club.

Here are the four players we believe United should sacrifice to bring back Ronaldo...


Anderson admitted just yesterday he was frustrated with his injury-plagued stop-start Old Trafford career. Still not a first choice it looks unlikely to change in the near future and United should be fair to him and allow him to move on and play elsewhere. He's clearly talented, but he isn't an essential player for the club and he could still fetch a decent fee of over £10 million which could help United's Ronaldo piggy-bank.


Nani has had a poor season, which did show signs of life against Reading, but the fact remains this summer he will have just one year on his contract and it makes sense for United to cash in. While frustrating, he is an exciting player, but one who won't want to stick around to move back into Ronaldo's shadow, and the club could get up to £15 million for his services from one of Europe's bigger spending clubs.

Ashley Young

After a bright start, it's fair to say Ashley Young's United career hasn't panned out as many would have hoped, with regular injuries the main source of frustration. United have young Wilfried Zaha ready to battle for a first team spot next season and with Ronaldo brought in too, Young would become a luxury the club don't need. United could fetch another £10 million for him if they decided to sell.

Nemanja Vidic

As counter-productive as it may seem to sell their best defender and club captain, now might be just the time for United to cash in on Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian has missed huge chunks of first team action over the past two seasons thanks to knee injuries, and the worry is he will suffer another. He missed the draw in the Bernabeu last week where United showed not for the first time they could cope without him, and there will be numerous offers for the 31-year-old, and United could expect somewhere around £15 million.

That's approximately £50 million in player sales United could generate for four players who have been in and out of the side all season. Add £20-30 million of this summer's transfer budget - possibly the whole lot- in and United may just be able to afford to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo at his peak.

Do you think selling these four could help United fund a Ronaldo bid? Should they?

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