Premier League giants Manchester United are set to launch a sensational bid comprising David de Gea and a hefty sum in exchange for Real Madrid stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo wants to make a sensational return to Manchester United. And it is believed that former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson could play a vital role to make it possible.
And even former Real Madrid chief Ramon Calderon admitted that Ronaldo has United “in his heart”.
Cristiano Ronaldo has informed the Real Madrid hierarchy that he wants to part ways with the Los Blancos this summer which has now sparked rumours of interest from top-flight European clubs.
And Calderon, who roped in Ronaldo for a then world-record £80million transfer fee in 2009, is confident that the Portugal skipper is madly in love with the Red Devils.
Calderon revealed: “I remember when I signed Cristiano, he phoned me and said everyone at Manchester United was really happy and kind to him.”
“Sir Alex Ferguson was like a father and he loved the fans.”
“The club has been very important in his career. Manchester United is a club he has in his heart.”
Ronaldo shares an emotional relationship with Sir Alex and they always remain very close. They embraced during the Champions League final in Cardiff last month and later Fergie presented him the man-of-the-match award.
Ronaldo penned a new five-year contract with the Los Blancos last November and he currently rakes in a wage packet of £365,000-a-week, but Manchester United can easily match that.
However, Real have set a huge £350 million asking price for the Ballon d’Or winner if he is to leave the Santiago Bernabeu. And any other club would have to break the bank for a world record fee for the Portugal skipper.
It is understood that the Red Devils would not be willing to pay that for the 32-year-old but Real Madrid target David De Gea could be used to bargain a deal.
Man Utd are also chasing Alvaro Morata but Real Madrid want £90m for their Spanish striker.
And now it is believed that the Red Devils could rope in both Ronaldo and Morata for mind-boggling deal of £183m and could offer David De Gea to Real Madrid in exchange.
However, Jose Mourinho will take the final call and it is known to all and sundry that he and Ronaldo were not in good terms during the Special One’s final season in charge at Real Madrid.
But Sir Alex can play the role of a peace maker here and pave the way for Ronaldo to arrive at Old Trafford.
But if we look into the past – Ronaldo and Mourinho have not always seen eye-to-eye.
The pair fell out towards the end of Mourinho’s reign at Real Madrid and tensions reached alarming levels and they ‘almost came to blows’ during a dressing room row.
The former Manchester United forward is ‘outraged’ after being accused of evading €14.7 million (£13m) in tax by Spanish prosecutors.
Ronaldo’s decision to leave the Spanish champions is ‘irreversible’ and the player has already informed Madrid president Florentino Perez of his desire to quit.
Earlier this week, the prosecutor’s office in Madrid confirmed that a lawsuit has been filed against the 32-year-old.
Ronaldo has since been asked about the charges levied against him and replied: ‘I have a clear conscience.’
The prosecutor’s office in Madrid is accusing Ronaldo of using a ‘business structure’ to hide the income received from image rights between 2011 and 2014.
Ronaldo now wants to leave Spain if convicted for tax evasion this summer.
Calderon added: “I had the same situation with Manchester United when he decided to leave and I signed him.”
“He says I want to leave and that’s it, as a president you can’t do anything other than let him go and get the best possible deal.”