In what would be the most astonishing deal of the summer, it appears that Paris Saint-Germain may just make an £87m bid for Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to The Telegraph however, the potential deal will be dependent on two factors. The first is whether they are successful in shifting their own key man Zlatan Ibrahimovic off the wage bill. The 33-year-old has one year left on his current contract, and The Telegraph suggest that a new deal will not be forthcoming.
Perhaps by making that stance known publicly now, they may be able to persuade a club to take a punt on the enigmatic striker. Although his wage demands are likely to deter potential offers. The Telegraph have hinted that a return to AC Milan may be the on the cards.
However, with no continental competition being contested at the San Siro next year – as well as quite an average team around him, in comparison with the great sides that the Rossoneri have produced down the years – it seems unlikely that the Swede would be keen to make such a move with only a couple of years at the very highest level left in him.
The second thing standing in the way of a bid appears to be the restrictions placed upon the side for previously breaching financial fair play regulations, The Telegraph report. However, with the rules being relaxed slightly this year, the club are hopeful that they will be able to trade with less scrutiny once again, making this audacious prospect possible.
Should those factors be addressed, it appears that little may stand in the way of a deal apart from the Portuguese star’s motivation to move to France. The 30-year-old has shown no signs of age slowing him down and so appears capable of playing in any of the most challenging of leagues across the continent, which Ligue 1 is not, yet.
Nevertheless, the former Manchester United man – who bagged 48 goals in La Liga alone this year, which is only four goals short of Liverpool’s entire Premier League total this season – has looked unhappy at times, and has had to deal with plenty of questions about his relationship – or lack of – with Gareth Bale.
And while the Ballon d’Or holder may have enjoyed a wonderful season individually, Los Blancos have been unable to deliver a trophy. Meanwhile, PSG have won the domestic treble, and pulled off an impressive victory over Chelsea in the Champions League. All signs would suggest their influence on European football is growing, and signing Ronaldo may take them to the next level.
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