Top agent suggests Cristiano Ronaldo could LEAVE Real Madrid, with Manchester United keen on £66.5m deal

One of Europe’s top agents has suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo’s sale of his image rights is an indication that he is looking to leave Real Madrid, the Metro report.

Santos Marquez – who represents the Portuguese star’s former teammate Iker Casillas – believes that it is a strange move from Ronaldo (via Metro).

He said: “Will anyone speak out in Madrid as to why Cristiano has sold his image rights to Peter Lim?”

“That’s not normal; it suggests Cristiano is planning to leave,” he added.

Lim is the majority shareholder in fellow La Liga side Valencia (via Reuters), and Marquez explained that the move will provide the Mestalla outfit with an advantage.

“Imagine Cristiano generating 40million euros elsewhere and giving it to Peter Lim, Valencia’s owner,” Marquez claimed

“It ends up in Valencia’s coffers and that’s deplorable,” he insisted

The Metro report that Manchester United are keen to bring their former talisman back to Old Trafford, but would reportedly have to pay £66.5m to get him.

Louis van Gaal’s dealings so far this summer would suggest that another midfielder is no longer on his wishlist. As well as full-back Matteo Darmian, the Red Devils have signed Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Memphis Depay, meaning that van Gaal has several men to choose from in the middle of the park.

However, Rafael Benitez reportedly wants to play the 30-year-old up front (via Metro), so should van Gaal have a similar idea in mind, an audacious offer may be being prepared, given the lack of options currently at the Dutchman’s disposal.

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