Widespread reports suggested last month that Monaco were ready to offer £85 million to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and they may be about to put their cash on the table.
The Spanish press is going crazy after rumours in Le10 Sport that Ronaldo met Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev last week to discuss a potential move from the Spanish capital.
It’s a deal which could very much happen because of the financial resources that Monaco have to fall back on and there are several reasons why Ronaldo will never be able to go back to Old Trafford if he completes the switch.
Any deal to sign Ronaldo is going to be huge. The fee already quoted for him is way beyond what United would be willing to pay should they go up against Monaco in any bidding war to sign the striker.
United are not a poor club by any means but even David Moyes has boundaries to work within, which would make any deal going closer to the £100 million mark impossible for the club to pull off.
Furthermore, the terms and the personal package that it would take to get Ronaldo to sign a contract would also be eclipsed by what United could offer him.
The club already pay several players very well but Monaco are in a very unique advantage where they can throw down a huge weekly salary figure that no other side can get close to once tax has been deducted.
Their transfer spree has been helped along by 'super-agent' Jorge Mendes, represenative of Falcao who helped the Colombian seal a move to the country, who also represents... Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo almost has to be viewed as a product and the balance between what he will cost and what any club can make back has to be judged.
The problem is that Monaco don’t have to bother even considering that balance because they can throw cash at a player knowing that their owner can compensate for the gap if they never make back the money they have spent.
You also have to look at Ronaldo’s age, 28-years-old, and the direction his career is likely to head in if he does move this summer.
Any deal he signs with a new club is not going to be a one or two-year contract, it’s going to be huge and more likely on the five to six-year side of things.
That means he’d be well into his 30s before United may get another chance to bring him back to Old Trafford and he is likely to be way past his best form and not worth the costs involved even at that point to bring him back to the club.
Real Madrid are also very likely to try and hang onto him because of missing out on Gareth Bale this summer and if it means making him the best paid player in the world, Florentino Perez has already said that’s a decision he would make in a heartbeat.
What do you think? Will United ever re-sign him?
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