News spread Thursday that Ligue 1’s Paris St. Germain has expressed interest in Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
The alleged deal would also include Los Blancos manager Jose Mourinho, according to ESPN.
PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi denied reports that his club was working out a deal that would send the superstar player-coach tandem to Parc des Princes.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is a player for Real Madrid. I have not contacted his club and no one has contacted me on behalf of him," Al Khelaifi said to L'Equipe.
An initial report by Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, suggested PSG was putting together a £80 million bid for Ronaldo, one of the most talented and marketable players in his sport.
The contract would pay the Portuguese national £14 million a year, a bump from the £11 million he will earn from the Bernabeu this season.
Reportedly, Ronaldo is unhappy he is not the highest paid player in the world, a title held by Samuel Eto'o.
At the start of the La Liga season, Real Madrid struggled and Ronaldo was visibly upset, even taking to the media to express his “sadness”.
Though he did not elaborate on what was troubling him, the 27-year-old was rumored to be unhappy with his salary and didn’t think Los Blancos were fully supporting him for major awards like FIFA’s Ballon D’Or.
Later the club came out and pledged their full support behind Ronaldo, and the club turned around their poor start.
Then there's Mourinho, who joined the Madrid in 2010, and guided them to their first La Liga title in four years. He signed an extension with Los Blancos in May that would keep him at the Bernabeu through 2016. Such early success has not helped Mourinho with certain players, namely defender Sergio Ramos. The two were rumored to have a continuing feud earlier this season.
The price tag to bring in a player of Ronaldo's caliber shoud be an enormous amount, and PSG have shown they can and will pay such a hefty cost . In July they reportedly paid AC Milan a total of £144 million for Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.