Cristiano Ronaldo moves to Real Madrid is almost near to certainty as Manchester United website revealed that they have received a word record £80 million ($131.6 million or €93.9 million) bid for Ronaldo. The club has accepted the bid and the transfer should be completed by end of June 2009.
This is the statement from Manchester United website.
“Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of £80million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
At the request of Cristiano - who has again expressed his desire to leave - and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
Matters are expected to be concluded by 30 June. The club will not comment until further notice.”
Florentino Perez is making his ambition to build a new Dream Team of Real Madrid and he is making his promise into a reality. The new Galacticos” team is on its way to completion but the real strength of the team on the field is still hard to predict. Perez has to understand that a football team can not sole build on attacking football. Perez must strengthen Real Madrid’s defense to make the team more balance. He will have to look for good and reliable defenders. Otherwise, Real Madrid will have to score more than they concede to win a game. Their weakness in their defense was exposed during the 2-6 demolition from Barcelona at Bernabeu in May.
Yes, I agreed that Barcelona played a very attractive possession and attacking football. But they do have reliable players at the back which can defend and attack. If Real Madrid would like to get more positive results consistently, they must include one or two reliable person at the back.
It is still very early to say anything yet as Perez is still adding stars players into his new Galacticos team. But Spanish league will surely be more interesting next season and it will still be a two horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. I am very eager to watch next season El Clasico, clash between the two giants of Spanish football.
How will the transfer affect United?
There was suggestion that Ronaldo’s deal has been pre agreed last year by previous president, Roman Calderon. The deal has been concluded long before this transfer saga (Perez ambition of assembling the new galacticos team) begins as he has been a long target of Real Madrid. The money from Ronaldo could be reinvested back the money from Ronaldo sale. Sir Alex Ferguson might splash out the cash to purchase Frank Ribery of Bayern Munich (£40 million) and Antonio Valencia of Wigan. United staggering £700 million debt might have played a part in the decision to accept Real Madrid’s huge offer.
I am interested to see whether Sir Alex will be given the money from Ronaldo’s transfer plus an annual transfer budget estimate around £25 million. Sir Alex will have huge spending power for reinforcement for his squad. Several key players such as Edwin Van der Sar, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have reach the twilight of their careers. Ferguson needs to look for suitable people to take over their place. Last season has shown that Ferguson managed to integrate some new players into the team without these old horses. Players like Frederico Marcheda, Darron Gibson and Rafael have performed well when given their chances to prove themselves. However, filling the void created by the loss of Ronaldo’s immense talent may prove difficult.
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