United and Real Madrid have spent the past 12 days
negotiating an £80m package – and the Premier
League champions are increasingly confident of
getting their man.
David Moyes made his move two weeks ago when
the club heard through the grapevine Madrid had
stepped up their interest in signing Gareth Bale.
And for the first time they found their Spanish rivals
prepared to negotiate after the player told them he
would be interested in returning to England.
New United chief executive Ed Woodward made
contact with Real president Florentino Perez in the
knowledge Ronaldo had yet to agree and extension
to his current deal at the Bernabau which has just
two years left to run.
Perez then sought
would commit to the
new deal – and was
stunned to learn he was
keen on returning to
That forced them to open up to United’s advances,
knowing they would only get a fraction of the fee for
one of the world’s best players if he stayed another
It also explains why they are prepared to break the
world record to ensure they clinch the signing of
Tottenham star Bale in an effort to appease fans
worried by Ronaldo’s departure.
United have been happy to talk openly about their
interest in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, with
speculation surrounding that transfer meaning work
on the Ronaldo move could be done without fuss in
In a highly complicated package, Starsport
understands some of the money in terms of wages
will be offset by American car giants General Motors
making the Portugal star their global ambassador.
Chevrolet, owned by GM, become United’s principal
club sponsors at the end of the season and see
Ronaldo as the ideal man to boost their image
globally, and in North and South America during
World Cup year.
Kit manufacturers Nike have also been kept
informed, as Ronaldo is one of their main sporting
The bid for Real ace is one of the reasons why Wayne
Rooney’s proposed move to Chelsea has been held
Despite public claims they do not want to sell the
wantaway England star, United would be willing to
do business once they can get in a marquee signing
of their own.
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