Ronaldo heads to Monaco to be offered a transfer to the Principality.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has met with AS Monaco’s billionaire owner Dymitry Rybolovlev to discuss a transfer to Ligue 1 for the Manchester United target, according to Le 10 Sport.
It was thought that if Ronaldo were to leave Madrid – the club the 28-year-old signed for from United in a world record £80m deal in 2009 – it would be to return to Old Trafford.
However, it what would prove to be a surprise to both clubs the Portugal captain has instead flown to the Principality to hear what Rybolovlev can offer him.
Monaco have just returned to the French top tier following a two year absence, but are being touted as title contenders due to the club’s seemingly endless amounts of transfer funds; having already bought Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid and FC Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for over £110m.
Yet despite such a hefty financial outlay Les Rouges et Blanc are clearly not done and have turned their attention towards Ronaldo, in what is likely to be a bid near or even higher to the Portuguese attacker’s world record sum.
The reason there is so much speculation surrounding the future of the Madrid star is because there are just two years remaining on the forward’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and as yet, no new deal has been negotiated.
Ronaldo would certainly be paid handsomely to move to the Principality, but whether the ambitious player would be prepared to sanction at least one season away from Champions League football could be an issue for Monaco.
In a truly prolific career to date the Portuguese has netted an incredible 349 goals in 570 matches for Los Blancos, United, Sporting Lisbon and Portugal.