Real Madrid are prepared to spend 100 million euros on new players in a bid to reclaim their position at the summit of European football, according to Spanish newspaper Marca on Thursday.
The newspaper, which is regarded by many as an unofficial mouthpiece of the club, believes that Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo tops Real’s wanted list in the close season.
Real president Ramon Calderon recently confirmed Ronaldo was a target, but stated that the club were unwilling to break the world record of 75 million euros his club paid Juventus for former world player of the year Zinedine Zidane in 2001.
“We like Cristiano, but right now he is a Manchester United player. But if the English team want to sell him, we would be first in line for him,” Calderon told Atena 3 television channel.
“But we will not pay crazy money. A footballer is not worth 80 million euros.”
Other players reportedly interesting the Real chief are Milan’s Brazilian playmaker Kaka, Borussia Dortmund’s Germany defender Christoph Metzelder, Porto’s Brazilian defender Pepe and Roma’s Romanian defender Cristian Chivu.
Despite lavish investment in new players in recent years, Real have not won a single trophy in more than three and a half seasons.