MLS franchise owner targeting big summer move for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo

Orlando City SC majority owner Flavio Augusto Da Silva is reportedly lining up a big money bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

Any Manchester United fans hoping to see Cristiano Ronaldo back at Old Trafford next season could be left disappointed if the majority owner of Orlando City SC has his way.

One of the newest franchises in Major League Soccer, the club has already flexed its considerable financial muscle with the acquisition of Kaka for the current campaign.

Recent figures released by MLS have revealed that the Brazilian is currently the highest paid player in US soccer at present, with a base salary of $6.5 million a year (£4.3m).

But it would appear that Orlando are far from finished when it comes to recruiting global football superstars, with Ronaldo the latest name of the club’s radar.

According to quotes from Marca, which have been republished by, majority owner Flavio Augusto Da Silva has set his sights on CR7.

"Truthfully, we like Cristiano Ronaldo a lot. We'd sign him without thinking about it," he told the Spanish publication.

"Hopefully, we can sign him for this upcoming season. We've always heard that he'd like to come to the United States to play."

Ronaldo has long been rumoured to be open to the idea of a move to the United States and recently purchased a luxury apartment in Trump Tower, New York - as reported by the Daily Mail.

But any MLS move would most likely signal the end of any lingering hopes Manchester United fans may have had concerning a potential return to the club.

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