Paris Saint-Germain have revealed that they want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as his current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
Since being taken over by the oil rich Sheikh Nasser Al Khelaifi, PSG have spent heavily to try and become a major force in the world game. Now Al Khelafi’s right-hand man, Sheikh Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, has confirmed that the world’s most expensive player features in their thoughts.
"Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are objectives for Paris Saint-Germain, of course," Al-Thani told Canal Football. "PSG are one of the best clubs in the world. Ever since day one, our goal has been to win the Champions League.
"We are already one of the best teams in France, and it's our goal to become one of the best in Europe and the world, too."
Ronaldo has been a huge success since joining Madrid from Manchester United for £80 million in 2009, but there has been talk of a rift between player and club this season. The Portugal international refused to celebrate scoring in a match earlier in the campaign suggesting it was due to a disagreement with Madrid. Speculation has suggested he has become unhappy with a perceived lack of support when up for the game’s prestigious individual awards.
There has also been talk that the removal of a tax loophole in Spain that would lead to Madrid having to pay more to keep Ronaldo pocketing the same amount of money could be a cause of consternation.
Finances would certainly not be a problem at PSG and Ronaldo would likely become the world’s best paid player in the French capital.
There are few other clubs in the world who are likely to be able to afford, either Ronaldo’s transfer fee or his salary demands. Anzhi Makhachkala, who have made Samuel Eto’o the world’s current best paid player, would surely be interested, although it would be doubtful that Ronaldo would elect to play in the still developing Russian league.
Manchester City may well also be interested in acquiring Ronaldo should he become available. However, the 27-year-old’s time at Manchester United, coupled with his close relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, may prevent him from joining their bitter rivals.
As for Manchester United, with whom Ronaldo has also been linked, it is hard to envisage the club being financially able to bring about a sensational reunion. Indeed, Ferguson recently described Ronaldo as “unbuyable.”
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