Cris the redeemer: Manchester United call on Chevrolet to fund £55m Ronaldo return
Manchester United are pulling out all the stops to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo – with their incoming shirt sponsors General Motors to fund a deal for the Real Madrid Galactico, writes the Sunday People.
Sources close to Ronaldo insist the player is keen to leave the Bernabeu and return to Old Trafford, despite scoring the winner against his former club in Tuesday’s Champions League clash and manager Alex Ferguson playing down the possibility.
American car giants GM, who are due to start sponsoring United in a £55million-a-year deal through their brand Chevrolet from the 2014-15 season, are working with United’s owners, the Glazer family, to help fund the Portuguese superstar’s £55m transfer fee and £10m-a-year wages.
It is believed that General Motors want to buy out United’s current sponsors Aon from the final year of their existing deal, which is due to expire in the summer of 2014.
They could then pay the majority of Ronaldo’s wages if he returns to United, helping the club meet financial fair-play rules.
GM want United to sign a marquee player who would also act as a global ambassador for their company and Ronaldo fits the bill.
Jose Mourinho’s expected summer departure from Real makes Ronaldo’s exit more likely.
Real see Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, hot favourite for PFA Player Of The Year, as Ronaldo’s ideal replacement but the Welshman does not want to leave White Hart Lane this summer.
Meanwhile, United are also reported to have turned to American sports giant Nike in a bid to help them sign Ronaldo.