Manchester United have confirmed they have accepted a bid from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player,” said a statement from the English club.
“Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of £80million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid,” read a club statement.
“At Cristiano’s request – who has again expressed his desire to leave – and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
“Matters are expected to be concluded by 30th June. The club will not comment until further notice.”
It added that the decision came at Ronaldo’s request after he “again expressed his desire to leave”.
Ronaldo’s future at United has been the subject of constant speculation, with Real having signalled their intention to sign him for the past two years.
Real president Florentino Perez has made no secret of the fact that he would like to lure Ronaldo to El Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish outfit have now agreed an £80million offer for the Portuguese winger and United have given the World Player of the Year permission to talk to the club.
Ronaldo will head to the Spanish capital to hold discussions with Real and undergo a medical.
Real have already snapped up Brazilian superstar Kaka in a world-record deal, but a move for Ronaldo would eclipse that figure.