United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has remained a huge influence on the Real Madrid star’s career and the 28-year-old is now ready to come back to the club where he became a global star.
Ronaldo believes he has not been given the respect he deserves in Spain, even in Madrid, because fans favour the brilliance of Lionel Messi ahead of him.
With his major ally at Real, boss Jose Mourinho, leaving at the end of the season, the Portugal star is now open to moving back to England.
Paris St Germain remain in the market, and the French club could step up their interest if they are the ones to give Mourinho his next job in management – but the north-west of England is the favoured destination for the player.
United sold Ronaldo to Madrid for £80m in 2009, but a deflation in transfer fees since then mean the Spanish giants would have to do business for around £55m.
The big hurdle would be whether the Premier League leaders could offer a salary to rival the player’s current £220,000-a-week deal and stay within the new UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations, which come into force next season.
But there is a way round those rules which would see a player agree a salary with a side and then sign a separate endorsement package with the club’s sponsors.
And it is exactly that model which is being considered at Old Trafford, with new club sponsors Chevrolet ready to make Ronaldo their global ambassador to help bring him back to Manchester.
Chevrolet’s parent company General Motors recognise the huge appeal Ronaldo can have in the US, and also in South America, with Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup.
The only stumbling block is the £370m seven-year sponsorship deal is not due to start until 2014 – but Starsport understands talks are on-going to buy current backers Aon out of their deal a year early.
That would allow United to sign Ronaldo and GM to tie up an individual endorsement deal with the player to ease through one of the biggest transfers in history. Hmm!
Culled from Daily Star