Mourinho with record bid for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has begun to pack his bags, it would seem. The Times reports that the Portuguese, “angered and saddened” by the accusation of tax evasion and the reporting of the case in Spain, has informed Real Madrid that he intends to leave that club — and asked representatives Gestifute to find him a new club.

And it appears as though a bidding war could break out. According to the Times, Manchester United are “exploring the viability of buying the 32-year-old back” eight years after they sold their No. 7 to the Spanish giants for £80 million. Meanwhile, Corriere dello Sport writes that Paris Saint-Germain are plotting a €140 million offer.

The Italian newspaper claims that PSG chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi will sanction a record-breaking offer to land manager Unai Emery the Portuguese superstar. Wages worth €30m a season — or more than €575,000 a week — will be tabled in a bid to convince both the player and agent Jorge Mendes that Paris should be Ronaldo’s destination.

All the while, Madrid-based outlet Marca writes that Los Blancos have set their price for their talisman, and that United and PSG will have to nearly double the transfer world record if they’re to get their man. According to Marca, Real Madrid will push for as close to €200m as they can before they’ll give up their prized possession.

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