Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid contract is set to expire in 2015 and the common opinion is that this will not be renewed.
Despite his immense value to the club, Real Madrid are virtually guaranteed not to allow him to leave for nothing and so there are strong reasons to believe that he will depart the Bernabeu either this summer or next.
Should Ronaldo leave, moves to French moneybags Monaco and Paris Saint Germain are sure to be touted and they will almost undoubtedly offer the most lucrative financial packages for his services.
However, it is no secret that Ronaldo enjoyed his first stint at Manchester United, both in the way that he was appreciated by the supporters and by the way the club was run behind the scenes.
The opportunity to return would be difficult for him to turn down and Manchester United’s new shirt sponsors from 2014, Chevrolet, would also be keen to help as the arrival of the Portuguese forward would only be a positive in helping them get a return on their investment.
Among the speculation is that Man Utd are willing to pay £65m to bring back Ronaldo, alongside offering a player in exchange, quite possibly Nani.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have already highlighted Gareth Bale as a potential replacement and this money may be enough to encourage Tottenham to do business.
Looking at the prices of where Ronaldo will be on September 1st after the closing of the British summer transfer window, backing Manchester United at 11/4 certainly appears the value call, as opposed to the 4/11 that he remains at Real Madrid.
The one drawback for Real Madrid is that with Gonzalo Higuain seemingly off to Juventus or Arsenal this summer, they will already be without the services of one striker, while they have lost out to Barcelona in the hunt for Neymar.
Although they could never technically afford to be without the goals of Ronaldo, it may be less practical for Real Madrid to re-stock their striking ranks this summer in comparison to 12 months time.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.