Manchester United will not have to pay quite as much for Cristiano Ronaldo as other clubs due to a solidarity clause included when he transferred to Real Madrid in 2009.
The Portuguese winger is pushing for a move away from the Bernabeu this summer after becoming frustrated with the tax fraud scandal he is currently embroiled in.
Ronaldo does not believe he has been given sufficient backing from the club or the media and has told Real chiefs that he is ready to call time on his career in Spain.
United and PSG are the two likeliest suitors for Ronaldo’s signature, with the 32-year-old thought to be most keen on a return to Old Trafford.
That could work out well for United, with the club due 2.5 per cent of any future fee Real receive for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner according to Spanish publication AS.
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It may seem like a small amount, but it would work out at £2.5 million if Ronaldo costs £100m, or £4.5m of a muted £180m bid.
Even if United are beaten to Ronaldo’s signature by PSG, they would at least be entitled to a significant fee, while the clause could encourage Real to accept a swap deal.
David de Gea is being considered as a potential makeweight, and a player-plus-cash deal would lower the total outlay of the transfer, and thus reduce the fee Real would need to pay United.