AS Monaco have now moved ahead of Chelsea to sit alongside Manchester United as the 19/4 joint-favourites with bwin to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer after reports suggested that the French club are lining up a mega-money deal for the Real Madrid superstar.
Speculation about Ronaldo’s future has intensified this summer, with the Portuguese star linked with a move back to Old Trafford in the wake of contract talks between the former Sporting Lisbon star and Madrid having stalled amid reports that he has become disillusioned with life in the Spanish capital.
Ronaldo has enjoyed four brilliant seasons, scoring 201 goals in 199 games, but has just one La Liga and one Copa del Rey to show for his time in the Spanish capital.
And with the rumours that he could be tempted away this summer has come the inevitable reports of a world record bid from the bottomless pit of money that is Monaco.
The newly-promoted French side, managed by former Chelsea boss Claudio Raneiri, have become Europe’s mega spenders having already purchased over £100 million worth of talent this summer, securing the services of Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid and James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho of Porto, as well as Ronaldo’s former teammate Ricardo Carvalho.
And now it seems the club bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev have set their sights on a transfer that would stun world football.
Monaco are reportedly about to offer Madrid £85 million for Ronaldo, which would become the most expensive transfer in the history of the game – beating the current record, also held by Ronaldo when he left Manchester United for the Bernabeu.
And with a salary of £330,000 on the table should Ronaldo fancy the south of France, bwin go 19/4 that he is plying his trade at the Ligue 1 club next year, which would return a cool £115 for new customers successfully backing it with their free £20 bet.
Ronaldo’s former club are also said to be interested in taking him back to Old Trafford, and we offer 19/4 that he Portuguese forward joins David Moyes at United.
Chelsea, whose new boss Jose Mourinho worked with Ronaldo at Madrid for the last three years, are 7/1 to sign the player, with another big-spending French club, Paris Saint-Germain, a 9/1 chance.
It is 50/1 that Ronaldo ends up at Manchester City this summer, while it is 3/20 that he is still a Real Madrid player on September 1st.