Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has claimed Manchester United could be prepared to pay up to £225million to re-sign the forward from Real Madrid.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent months and, although there is no evidence Madrid would be willing to cash in on the 29-year-old, Mendes reckons Louis van Gaal’s side would be prepared to smash the world transfer record to bag the player in the summer.
The Portugal international has a buyout clause of €1 billion (£750m) and while this figure remains a PR stunt it would clearly cost any potential suitors well north of the amount Madrid paid to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.
Only United, along with perhaps Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, would even be able to think about funding a such a transfer fee.
‘He’s the most expensive player ever in the world, because Ronaldo is the best player ever in the world, the best sportsman ever,’ Mendes told BBC Radio 4. ‘You can’t compare him to anyone.
‘A €1billion transfer is impossible, but if for any reason the club decide to sell him for €300m [£225m], someone will pay.
‘He loves the Man United supporters, he told me, he started there.’
Ronaldo has three and a half years left to run on his Real Madrid contract.