Real Madrid claim they are already in negotiations with Manchester United to buy Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Spanish club’s general director Jorge Valdano saying: “I can’t answer about him, I can only talk about players who are on their way here not those we are in negotiations over.”
The Spanish media are reporting details of a ‘leaked’ contract for 24-year-old Ronaldo, which involved a transfer fee of £80m and a six-year contract with a salary of £9.5m, including an inbuilt 25% rise every year.
Can’t believe this day is finally about to happen. After two plus years it does appear the Ronaldo to Real Madrid transfer saga is finally about to end. I’ll have more on this later but while Sir Alex Ferguson won’t sell Real Madrid a virus, for 80 million euros he will sell them his best player. Already looking forward to how quickly Manchester United fans will turn on Ronaldo due to him leaving for greener pastures. Something tells me Tottenham, Bayern Munich, and West Ham fans each lost players to Manchester United the last couple of years won’t be shredding many tears. For that matter don’t image Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal fans shredding tears either.
Former Manchester United full-back Arthur Albiston believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid could lead to fellow forward Carlos Tevez remaining at Old Trafford next season. (Daily Star)
Have to find a silver lining somehow.
Sporting Lisbon have initiated talks with Manchester United about re-signing winger Nani on an extended loan spell or arranging a player-plus-cash exchange involving their captain, the attacking midfielder Joao Moutinho. (The Guardian)
Can’t picture Nani wanting to go back to Portugal either on loan and surely not full time. Nani should be given another year before United decides what to do with him.
Chelsea’s summer transfer plans have been dealt a blow by Bayern Munich placing a £65m asking price on midfielder Franck Ribery. (The Times)
Doesn’t matter if the fee is £6.5m, Ribery has already said he wouldn’t like life in England.
Blues striker Didier Drogba has ruled out an £18m transfer to Manchester City this summer after sources revealed he wishes to remain at Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)
Drogba has been moody playing for one of the best teams in the last five years. Can’t picture his attitude playing for a team like Manchester City.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is ready to launch a massive Spurs clear-out with up to 14 players facing the chop, including winger David Bentley and strikers Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who cost the London club £47.8m between them. (The Sun)
This is the problem for clubs like Tottenham. While they have world class money to spend, Tottenham can’t attract world class players so they have to pay second tier guys in the hopes they develop into world class players. Also doesn’t help these players that Bent was brought in under Martin Jol and Bentley/Pavlyuchenko under Juande Ramos. Both long gone.
Also, Spurs’ Brazilian striker Giovani dos Santos is set to join Spanish club Espanyol on a year-long loan with a view to a permanent £5m switch. (Daily Star)
Another case in point.
Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure could move to England this summer, but his agent claims he will not be joining Arsenal because he has received better offers from other clubs. (Independent)
If Arsenal had real interest in Toure they would of made this move along time ago. Yaya Toure to Arsenal rumours are generally newspaper filler.
The Gunners are preparing a £4m bid for Feyenoord’s 16-year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos.
Birmingham are preparing a raid on rivals Aston Villa for £5m-rated centre-back Zat Knight. (The Sun)
5 million for Zat Knight? He is a fine 3rd defender but surely Birmingham could find someone for less.