Manchester United have suffered a hammer blow in its chase for Cristiano Ronaldo, with reports suggesting Real Madrid have placed a £84.5m transfer fee on the 30-year-old.
The Red Devils are understood to have been keen to snare the signature of one of the club’s best-ever former players, but it seems the Premier League giants have been priced out of a deal.
According to The Sun, Real Madrid have issued a clear hands-off warning to United, with the asking price £4.5m more than the La Liga club paid for the player in 2009.
The report suggests United will continue to monitor Ronaldo’s situation in case the Portuguese star pushes for a move back to the Premier League.
Ronaldo featured in 196 Premier League games for Manchester United and played was pivotal in the club’s three league titles between 2006 and 2009.
The 30-year-old has scored an incredible 225 goals in 200 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.
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