A Ronaldo Manchester United return could lead to exit of Arsenal superstar

John Ramsey

The fact that former Tottenham star Gareth Bale has settled in so quickly at Real Madrid could have huge implications for both Manchester United and Arsenal.

And Arsenal fans won't like it.

In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo through injury, Bale scored his first hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid thrashed Valladolid 4-0 yesterday evening. That makes it 9 goals for Bale at Real so far (5 in the last 3 games), exactly the number of goals Tottenham have scored collectively in the Premier League ahead of today's game at Manchester United.

Now, in Gareth Bale, Real Madrid surely have a ready-made replacement for Ronaldo, enabling the Portuguese international to return to Old Trafford in due course. And although Ronaldo has been careful to not ruffle any Spanish feathers, he has consistently let his continuing admiration for Manchester United be known: 'Manchester United is still a club that is close to my heart', Ronaldo said earlier this year. ‘Now my life is in Spain and I have enjoyed playing there too. Part of my life is there, but in the future we never know'. 

The Real Madrid strikers also said: ‘I really miss English football. For me, it was some of the best years when I was there, everyone knows that'.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is also a big Ronaldo fan, telling MUTV last month: 'Everyone at Manchester United would tell you he (Ronaldo) is the best in the business anyway.

'I have not been fortunate enough to work with him but there is still hope some day it might be possible'.

And that 'some day' could be as early as next season, depending on how Bale beds down as the season progresses. As things stand, that looks far from a remote possibility.

Now whether or not Manchester United could afford Ronaldo (transfer fee and wages) is another thing, but that would clearly be down to the money men, who would have to make a case that the return of the player would result in bigger commercial opportunities for the club in international markets.

And, with Ronaldo back at Manchester United, who would Real Madrid sign to appease the supporters who would no doubt be spitting blood at the loss of their superstar ? Now that's where Arsenal comes in. 

With one superstar Welshman from a North London club already in place, Real Madrid would surely see little risk in bidding for Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, surely the Premier League's form player at the moment. Ramsey is scoring goals for fun at Arsenal, and his profile in the game is probably as high as it has ever been. Now a resurgent Arsenal will no doubt be able to keep Ramsey from the clutches of any other Premier League team, but would the club be able to resist (despite what manager Arsene Wenger says) if Real Madrid came calling with silly money ? 

Sure, there remain a lot of 'if and buts' for this scenario to play out, but it won't be long before the Aaron Ramsey transfer rumour train starts to leave the station. In the meantime, Arsenal can only sit back and admire a player who is making the headlines for all the right reasons.

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