United Won’t Pay Over The Odds for Ronaldo
Club To Baulk At £60m Transfer
Manchester United will hold fire on a move for Cristiano Ronaldo next summer, according to a newspaper report today.
The Portugal international and former United legend has been linked with a return to Old Trafford at the end of the season after growing impatient with Real Madrid. The European champions have parted company with Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso and it is believed that Ronaldo is eyeing up a move back to United.
It has been suggested that a £60million transfer fee along with wages of £15million a year for a player who turns 30 in February might be a step too far for United. The Mail On Sunday suggests there is little appetite at Old Trafford for a Manchester United transfer bid for Ronaldo at those prices.
A four-year deal would cost United a total of £120million and the Mail adds that United are still unhappy about Ronaldo flirting with the idea of a return to the club only to announce a greatly increased pay deal with Real Madrid last September.
A deal will only be done on United’s terms. We still believe that an initial bid from Old Trafford will only be in the region of £20-25million. United may also demand a lowering of Ronaldo’s wage demands.
Strootman ‘To Cost £60m’
Meanwhile, after the Daily Mirror claimed that Manchester United will have to pay Roma £46million for Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, the same paper’s Sunday version claims Roma will demand £60million.
Strootman has replaced agent Chiel Dekker with Robin van Persie’s agent Kees Vos in readiness for a move to Manchester United in January. However, the Sunday Mirror claims that Roma owner James Pallotta is demanding that United match the €75million (£60million) they paid Real Madrid for Angel Di Maria if they want to buy Strootman.
Roma paid €17million (£13million) to PSV Eindhoven for Strootman in the summer of 2013. However, he picked up a cruciate knee ligament injury in March that caused him to miss the end of last season as well as the World Cup. He returns to training next month.
United were tracking Strootman for over a year prior to his move to Roma but decided against getting into a bidding war with Roma.
Loan Move for Januzaj?
Speculation has increased over the future of Manchester United forward Adnan Januazaj. The young Belgium international could find playing time limited following the arrival of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera.
Januzaj has failed to make the starting line-up in any of United’s four league games so far this season, but with no European football on offer and with the club now out of the Capital One Cup the chances of first-team football look slim.
Reports in the UK on Saturday suggested that Januzaj could be heading out on loan in January. Tuttomercatoweb in Italy claims that Fiorentina and Juventus are both keen on the 19-year-old.
Van Gaal Rejects Guardiola Claims
Louis van Gaal has refuted the suggestion that Manchester United did not have money to buy Bayern Munich stars Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller or Toni Kroos. The claim was made this week by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola but van Gaal insists players still want to come to Old Trafford.
“Every player I have contacted wants to play for Manchester United,” insisted van Gaal as he carefully chose his words.
“In spite of the fact that we are not playing in the Champions League this season the players are still willing to come.”
Taken literally, van Gaal’s comments suggest he didn’t contact Robben, Muller or Kroos. That’s despite the first two allegedly being on a list of four principle transfer targets this summer. The latter was rejected as a transfer target by van Gaal despite contacts between Kroos’s agent and van Gaal’s predecessor, David Moyes.
Rafael Wants United Stay
Manchester United defender Rafael insists he wants to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford.
“I want to keep going and stay her forever, if possible,” he told United Uncovered.
“It depends on me to play well. I need to play well, I just want to stay here.”
Rafael recovered from injury only made his first appearance of the season in last Sunday’s 4-0 win over QPR.