Manchester United has received an opening bid from a Saudi Arabian club for the services of Cristiano Ronaldo…reports Asian Lite News
Manchester United have received an opening bid from a Saudi Arabian club for the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, who could receive an eye-watering salary in the region of £105million per year, according to reports. The Portuguese forward is believed to be keen on leaving Old Trafford in search of a new challenge this summer after growing frustrated over United’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli have all been credited with a desire to land Ronaldo over the last few weeks but are yet to submit offers for his signature as things stand. An unnamed Saudi club have since emerged as the surprise first bidders with a mega-money proposal that would see Ronaldo pick up in excess of £100m each season, according to CNN Portugal.
United are thought to be keen on keeping hold of Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals in all competitions over the course of last season, until the expiry of his contract if possible. His sudden exit would leave the Red Devils in need of a suitable replacement and it remains unclear who they would target at this stage, with Paulo Dybala and Robert Lewandowski having recently been mentioned as early alternatives.
Despite being 37, Ronaldo remains in peak physical shape and still has the ability to score over 20 goals in a season. In fact, for an unstable Manchester United team, he bagged a total fo 24 goals across competitions last season.
Though Ronaldo might end up playing in the Middle East, USA or any other country outside Europe, this is probably not the right time for him to move. In a good team, Ronaldo is still capable of challenging for all the major European honours there remain.
The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner is presently spending time with his family and is not a part of United’s pre-season tour of Thailand. It isn’t yet known when Ronaldo would join his teammates for pre-season, even if he decides to.