Pressure Grows on United over Ronaldo Deal


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Manchester United are under pressure to make a counter-offer to Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo following Juventus’ sensational £88m bid earlier this week, claims the Daily Telegraph.

The 33-year-old is the centre of Europe’s biggest transfer story so far this summer and while United are keen to bring him back to Old Trafford, there is a reticence on their part to become drawn into a six-week chase based on false hopes.

Four years ago, the Red Devils found themselves used as pawns in contract negotiations by the phenomenal striker. All the signals then were that he wanted to leave Madrid and return to United; Ronaldo stayed in Spain, to the disappointment of the club and its’ supporters.

Juventus’ bid stunned world football almost as much as Real’s willingness to talk to the Italian champions. However, claims subsequently emerged that the Portugal international is locked in a bitter dispute with the club’s president, Florentino Perez.

A parting of the ways was hinted at in Ronaldo’s post-match interviews in Kyiv following the 3 – 1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final. With 451 goals for Los Merengues, it was presumed the striker would see out his remaining playing days in the Bernabeu.

However, it seems he is ready to begin a new chapter in his career with Juventus confident of not only making an attractive offer but of convincing the five-times Balon d’Or to move to Turin.