The media attention paid to the upcoming mega money sale of Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale, a triple-crowning player of the year last season, to Galactico-collecting Real Madrid, could spark discontent within current star performer; Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.
The Bale sale has undoubtedly been the most protracted transfer of the current window, surpassing the duration of negotiation between Liverpool and Arsenal for Uruguayan ace Luis Suarez, who remains at Anfield.
However, should Real land the main target of a summer recruitment policy that was no doubt fortified by Barcelona's acquisition of Brazil star Neymar, then the figure involved in the deal will surpass the £80m the club paid for Ronaldo in 2009 by at least £8m.
There will also be a dedicated unveiling of Bale amid a backdrop of the continent's press, up to 20,000 assembled Los Blancos fans and a temporary stage for the player to perform a number of tricks in front of flashing bulbs and rolling cameras.
That stage has already been constructed, according to some reports, and is one of the reasons why Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is alleged to have delayed the deal as the club are becoming increasingly frustrated by Real's tactics.
A long-time admirer of Ronaldo during his own reign at the helm, Calderon attempted to secure Cristiano in 2008, only to have his advances knocked back by Manchester United.
The 62-year-old believes that the situation will unsettle Ronaldo, telling The Telegraph: 'I don’t think he’s going to be happy with that. The extension of the [Cristiano] contract is going to be a problem in this case, with that amount of money paid for Bale.'
The news may put United on red alert as the club have only ratified the transfer of one player, Guillermo Varela, despite attempts to bring a high-profile midfielder to Old Trafford. The club, also, have no assigned player to the famous number 7 shirt and the re-signing of Ronaldo would also soften the blow of losing Wayne Rooney to Chelsea, should Jose Mourinho substantially increase his opening offers for the bulldozing Englishman.
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