Manchester United are reportedly one of four clubs willing to pay €180 million to secure the return of former club favourite Cristiano Ronaldo.
That is according to a report from Portuguese sports daily Abola, which claims a mega money offer has been tabled for the Champions League winner in the wake of Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in Cardiff’s showpiece final.
United are one of four clubs mentioned in the report with Ligue 1 duo AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain also rumoured to be willing to pay over the odds for the 32-year-old forward.
Another, unnamed Chinese club is also mentioned in the report, which remains purely speculative at this stage.
The move would smash the previous transfer record and set a new high for ludicrous transfer deals, with Ronaldo seemingly more valuable than Gareth Bale and Neymar combined.
But with Chinese clubs notoriously rich, United racking up record profits and both PSG and Monaco backed by billionaire owners, that fee may look like small fry.
That’s especially true when weighed up against the amount there are likely to recoup in image and sponsorship deals once the player signs.
United already paid over the odds for Pogba and are likely to have seen much of that money return through similar deals.
And in an era when Virgil Van Dijk can attracted rumoured bids of anywhere up to £60m, it’s entirely conceivable that this could happen.
The question remains, however, as to whether Real Madrid would seriously consider letting Ronaldo go, considering his record and status at the club.
In 394 appearances for Real, Ronaldo has scored 406 goals, winning two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and three Champions League crowns.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.