Report - Ronaldo's representatives started Real Madrid exit talk 18 months ago

Manchester United have reportedly known about Cristiano Ronaldo's availability from Real Madrid for a year-and-a-half.

The Daily Mail claims that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid is something which has been discussed for the last year-and-a-half.

The Portuguese star is thought to be unhappy at Real Madrid with a high profile and expensive return to Manchester United on the cards.

The cost of the deal would be huge but the paper has hinted that United have had plenty of time to get their heads around the finer details of what would be an extremely complicated transfer.

“Ronaldo is understood to be willing to listen to offers after becoming unsettled at Real Madrid and new United manager Louis van Gaal did not rule out a move for the World Player of the Year last weekend,” reports the Mail.

“However, any club wishing to buy Ronaldo would have to come up with mind-boggling sums after it emerged that the player’s representatives set the bar at £385,000 a week when they put feelers out regarding their client 18 months ago.”

United are possibly the only club in the world who would be able to pull off such a big deal in their current position, without Champions League football.

The reliability of their commercial network including big sponsorship deals means that they can afford to pay big fees and big transfer wages, feeling the effects less harshly compared to other clubs.

The obvious advantage they have over other teams is the emotional connection and admiration that Ronaldo holds for the team where he made his name. His feelings towards United were obvious when refused to celebrate after scoring against them in the Champions League.

The question that many United fans will be asking is why haven’t the team moved to try and get a deal done? One possible explanation is simply the uncertainty which surrounded David Moyes, which ultimately led to his sacking.

For a Ronaldo return to Manchester United to happen, the manager has to be settled and he needs to be someone who believes the deal is possible as current boss Louis van Gaal has already stated.

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