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PSG join Manchester United in race for Real Madrid ace

Real Madrid has no intention of forcing Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at the club beyond the summer

Real Madrid showed signs of a return to form with a thumping victory at the weekend. Los Blancos thrashed a hapless Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Braces from Nacho, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo along with a long-range sizzler from Luka Modric sealed a convincing for Real. The victory might have lifted the spirits around the Bernabeu but transfer rumblings continue to emanate out of the dressing room.

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Real Madrid was back to their best in a 7-1 victory against Deportivo La Coruna

Over the past few days, several reports surfaced stating that Real Madrid is ready to part company with Cristiano Ronaldo. The 32-year-old has been unsettled at the club over the past 12 months. It all began when he was accused of a tax fraud by the Spanish authorities. While he strongly denied those reports, the club failed to back him off. President Florentino Perez did eventually come out to say that Ronaldo is an “honest man”, but it was already too late.

Another issue that has surfaced over the past few months is that Ronaldo is aggrieved because Lionel Messi and Neymar are being paid more than him. The Portugal international is expecting a new contract from the club which will reinstate his status as the highest paid player in the world. Also, he wants his release clause, which currently stands at € 1billion, to be dropped down to below £90 million. However, Yahoo Sports has revealed that Perez is in no mood of offering any such contract.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in adding the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner to their ranks. Both of the clubs have exceptional spending capabilities and will have no qualms about fulfiling Ronaldo’s wishes. The French club flexed their financial muscle in the summer by bringing in Neymar for a world record fee of £198 million. While teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will complete his permanent move for £166 million in six months time. Meanwhile, Manchester United also are all set to make Alexis Sanchez the highest paid player in the Premier League.

Author’s Take

£90 million for a 32-year-old player, even of Ronaldo’s quality, is just a ridiculous sum. The spending is not limited to that only, what salary is he wanting to go along with that? The only thing in benefit is the sale of shirts but he even has his own image rights so I cannot see that offsetting the outlay. Let’s see if Ronaldo does get actually get an opportunity to move away from Real Madrid.

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