Red Devils told to cough up outrageous amount to secure star player’s signature.
Manchester United have been left gobsmacked upon learning that they must cough up €1billion (£800m) to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Star.
The news was broken by the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who held council with a panel of Spanish reporters last week.
The Red Devils have been repeatedly linked with a move to re-sign the 29-year-old this summer, and several reports have suggested that Louis van Gaal is eager to add the Portugal star to his squad.
However, the move doesn’t look likely to go ahead now, as the €1bn fee is light years away from the £80m they were initially quoted over the summer.
“In addition to being the best footballer in history, he is the greatest athlete of all time,” he said.
“You cannot compare him with anyone.
“He is the best player in the biggest sport in the world, in which there is more competition than in any other. For that reason, he is the best sportsman in the world.”
“The price that is stated in his release clause – €1bn.”
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