Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly looking to tempt Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid by offering him a contract worth £250,000 a week after tax.
According to John Cross in the Mirror, PSG are eager to sign Ronaldo in the summer as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is set to depart the Parc des Princes when his contract expires at the end of the season.
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The report indicated that PSG’s mooted offer “almost certainly blows [rival Ronaldo suitors] Manchester United out of the water” as the equivalent contract in the Premier League would require an outlay of £500,000 a week given UK tax laws.
Reports had previously suggested that Ronaldo would still demand a transfer fee of around £80 million—the amount Real paid United for him in 2009—despite him turning 31 in February.
Thus PSG will need to shell out a huge sum of money if they are to secure the Portuguese superstar’s signature, but they are one of the few clubs who can afford such a splurge.
Ronaldo could well be tempted by a final big-money move in his career. He has cut a frustrated figure at Real of late and is reportedly not overly enamoured with new manager Rafael Benitez.
He is still contracted at the Bernabeu until 2018, but if an attractive offer comes in and Ronaldo is open to the move, he may yet depart for pastures new.
A return to Old Trafford has widely been rumoured as a potential option for the superlative forward and Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal recently admitted he was hopeful of signing Ronaldo, per BBC Sport.
However, if PSG are indeed prepared to offer Ronaldo £250,000 a week, United may struggle in their attempts to sign him up.
Real had a relatively poor season in 2014-15 as they failed to win any significant silverware, with arch-rivals Barcelona winning the treble.
A similar scenario could unfold in the current campaign, especially as Real are now six points off table-topping Barca in La Liga after their humiliating 4-0 defeat in El Clasico at the weekend.
With Ronaldo having already won everything possible with Real, he will surely be tempted by a move elsewhere if Los Blancos’ trophy ambitions continue to underwhelm.