New Manchester United boss David Moyes will turn is attention towards Tottenham Hotspur’s flying Welshman areth Bale if his bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford fails.
The former Everton boss and United’s top brass will spend the next week testing the waters with Real Madrid to see if they can bring put together a deal in the region of £60million and worth £250,000 a week to the Portuguese attacker.
Club sponsors Chevrolet and Nike are reported to be involved in the package but any move would be contingent on Madrid being satisfied as it is not thought Ronaldo will damage his reputation with Los Blancos supporters by handing in a formal transfer request and newly appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti is not interested in selling.
On taking over at the nine time European champions yesterday the Italian spoke of his excitement at the prospect of working with Ronaldo.
“We’ve not spoken of signings because today is the first day I am here. I cannot give any information on the players that might come in or those who will leave. The squad is very good. In the next few days we will talk with the club about what we need,” he said before making time to single out the club’s talisman for praise.
“My opinion is easy. Ronaldo’s a fantastic, marvellous player. It’s an honour to coach a player like Ronaldo like it was to coach Zidane.
“Ronaldo was not on the list of players like Brazilian Ronaldo, Zidane and Ronaldinho that I coached.
If United fail to turn the player who won three leagues and the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson they will tempt Spurs with an £80million bid for Bale, who has yet to sign an improved contract with the club who are desperate to keep him as they attempt to fight their way into the top four.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is hope to make Bale the club’s top earner and enter into a gentlemen’s agreement that he can leave next year but Bale’s representative is still sounding out potential suitors to see if they will put up the cash to take him this summer.
Levy employed a similar tactic with Luka Modric two summers ago when Chelsea offered to meet eh club’s valuation of the player but the Welshman’s 19 goal season has made him many times more valuable than the Croatian.