Man Utd have concerns about Cristiano Ronaldo bid

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Ronaldo was a world-record signing of intent from United after Perez returned as president eight years ago, the forward being part of a £225million summer spending spree that also saw the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso move to Real. They want to keep the 18-year-old for at least one more season.

"We think these players are all good after a great season".

"It was not the result we wanted, the team had nearly won and we suffered in the last minute, but this is football", he said.

Apparently though Lopez found that Madrid, who want £79million for the player are not only in no hurry, but the Ronaldo situation has further muddied the waters.

That's why this really wouldn't be a case of looking to recreate the past, either.

"We weren't on the edge of signing him, because of his age".

That, however, is precisely why this might not happen when push really comes to shove.

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The LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, reiterated his strong belief that Cristiano Ronaldo is innocent in the accusations by Spanish prosecutors that he defrauded Spain's Tax Authorities of 14.7 million euros.

Cadena Ser's El Larguero show last week reported agreement between both clubs and the player was "very close".

The 32-year-old only signed a new deal with Real in November and is under contract until 2021, though his unhappiness has caused an issue for Perez as he begins his new term as the head of the European and Spanish champions. That would be a bigger historic call than when a clearly past-it but still revered Alfredo Di Stefano was bitterly forced to go to Espanyol in 1964.

"Ronaldo is a lot more powerful and more important than all of us who are here", he added. In all their history, Real have probably never made a decision like this.

However, a statement from Ronaldo's management company Gestifute insisted the company, Tollin, which was established during Ronaldo's time with Manchester United, has acted in accordance with British and Spanish tax laws.

This is likely to go the distance - and doesn't bring any guarantee Ronaldo will actually move.

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