Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United is a dream that’s debated from time to time by the nostalgic at Old Trafford.
Guillem Balague has suggested Ronaldo wants to ‘go home’ and Louis van Gaal is open to a deal but it’s a complicated transfer, which may be difficult for all parties to ever pull off.
There are thought to be two main reasons why United may not go for a deal and they relate to finances and the current attacking players that LvG has at his disposal.
“The Real Madrid sensation wants huge wages of £300,000 after tax to sign on. United have little interest in matching Ronaldo's lofty demands because they know they run the risk of upsetting their current high earners,” reports the Star.
United have shown with Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao that they are a side capable of maintaining high wages with both players earning £300,000 per week and above.
However, for Ronaldo to earn £300,000 per week after tax means that he’d have to be paid £600,000 per week before tax based on the current rules in place for higher earners.
United are in a strong financial position but that places them under immense financial strain and also puts them in a difficult position when other players arrive or negotiate new contracts.
There could also be a tactical reason against brining Ronaldo back to Old Trafford because of the problem it gives van Gaal in terms of fitting all of his attacking stars into the same place.
However, he’s a special player and arguably the great to have ever played at professional level.
His record speaks for itself; 182 goals in 168 league matches since he left United to join Real Madrid in 2009.
That’s a remarkable stat and the message on the minds of most United fans this season is going to be; don’t pass up the chance to re-sign him because he’s one of football’s truly special players.