Guillem Balague delivers verdict on ‘complicated’ Man United transfer deal
La Liga expert Guillem Balague explains why Man United will find it difficult to sign Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United are facing a complicated transfer deal to secure Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, Guillem Balague has revealed.
The Portugal international has been linked with a potential return to Old Trafford on a regular basis over the past three or four seasons.
Ronaldo, though, opted to remain at The Bernabeu and won three Champions League crowns plus the La Liga title to cement his legacy in the Spanish capital.
The 33-year-old forward has endured a tough start to the 2017-18 season to suggest Ronadlo’s time at Real Madrid could be finally coming to an end.
Ronaldo has only managed to score four goals in 14 games in the Spanish top flight this term as los Blancos continue to struggle under Zinedine Zidane.
Manchester United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid in an £80m deal in the 2009 summer transfer window after he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League.
La Liga expert Balague explained why Manchester United will find it difficult to complete a deal for their club legend to return to Old Trafford.
“United find themselves in a delicate position with respect to Ronaldo,” Balague told AS English.
“They know that he would arrive aged 33, that he would ask for a net annual salary of 50 million euros to equal, as far as is known, that of Messi, while Real Madrid could demand around 100 million euros for the Portuguese player.
“It’s an almighty expense and that makes it a complicated deal. What’s more, the club cannot show a lack of interest if it is confirmed that the player is indeed on the market, as the owners have promised to battle for the best players in the world, however at the same time, if they accept that they are interested, they’ll unleash a media tsunami, which would soon become uncontrollable.
“From the club’s perspective, they would prefer to sit high in the stands to watch this ‘circus’.”
Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table but 12 points adrift runaway leaders Manchester City.
The Red Devils were 3-0 winners against Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night.