Real Madrid have not given up hope of signing Cristiano Ronaldo, with his agent reportedly discussing a move to the Spanish capital with representatives of the club.
Franco Baldini, right-hand man to Madrid’s sporting director, Predrag Mijatovic, and the man who negotiates all of the club’s signings, met Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes in London last week.
According to a report in today’s Guardian, Baldini confirmed that Ronaldo is their No1 priority for next season and informed Mendes that they would be prepared to meet Manchester United’s asking price for the winger – expected to be somewhere in the region of €80m (£54m). They would also be prepared to offer Ronaldo an annual salary of €6m (£4m) a year, after tax.
Mendes apparently told Baldini that the winger is keen to join Madrid and would snub the contract offer currently on the table at Old Trafford.
Madrid also insist that Mendes informed them that Ronaldo will force an exit from Old Trafford if the club tries to keep him at the club.