Manchester United are treating reports that Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo would welcome a return with caution amid concerns that the uncertainty surrounding him could delay a move for Alvaro Morata, sources have told ESPN FC.
Ronaldo in connection with allegations of tax evasion in the amount of 14.7 million euros was determined to leave real Madrid and go from Spain.
Prosecutors said he had failed to declare revenues from his image rights in his Spanish income tax declarations from 2011 and 2012, “with the aim of obtaining illicit profits”.
“We know that his dream is to play for Real Madrid”.
“Cristiano has a contract and he is a Real Madrid player”, Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. “I have a good relationship with him after working together for eight years”. What people can not do is talk about him like he is a delinquent, that bothers me and is hurtful.
Another player linked with a move away from Madrid is James Rodriguez after a frustrating stop-start campaign. I will defend him as a player and as a human being. We will find out what has happened, but right now he is playing in a very important tournament and I’m not about to disturb that.
Ronaldo is with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published.
Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez said a bid had been lodged by United for Morata earlier this month.
And Perez vigorously backed the Portugal skipper, claiming he will be cleared of tax charges against his name and dismissing suggestions Ronaldo’s desire to leave could be remedied by the club picking up any potential fine.
PSG have always been linked with a move for Ronaldo and are believed to have offered him the kind of freedom to exploit his commercial value in the final years of his career.
“And neither have we made any offers for anybody”.
A transfer for Ronaldo would smash the world-record transfer fee of $116 million that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer, and it’s not an offer you quickly make.
I have not spoken to any [other clubs].