Real Madrid ‘want Cristiano Ronaldo back’ in the summer but his £28m-a-year wages may prove a stumbling block… and Spanish papers insist Bernabeu outfit still have focus fixed on Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland
Real Madrid are interested in a sensational return for Cristiano Ronaldo but will prioritise moves for Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, according to reports in Spain.
Reports began circulating last week that the Portuguese star could be set for a sensational Bernabeu return following Juventus’s disappointing showing in the Champions League.
Those stories were addressed by Andrea Pirlo, with the Bianconeri boss dismissing the ‘rumours’ surrounding a possible switch.
Both Marca and AS led on the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return on Monday morning
However, reports of Real interest continue to gather pace in Spain, with two of the country’s leading sports papers focusing on the story on Monday morning.
Marca led on the transfer plans for Zinedine Zidane’s squad, insisting that a deal for the 36-year-old would not trump their main focus of trying to lure Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland to the Spanish capital.
They led with the headline ‘Follow the Plan’ insinuating that Ronaldo is not a priority. They also reiterated that the club most balance the books and offload some of the wages on its playing side before concentrating on incomings.
AS went with the headline ‘The Unknown Cristiano’. They suggested that the ease with which he could be brought back represents a more appealing deal for the Real board.
The Portuguese star showed he still has plenty to give with his hat-trick on Sunday afternoon
It has been reported that Juventus would be open to offers of just £25million, and that they are already planning for life without the forward.
However, the same publication also points to the star’s wages being a stumbling block.
Ronaldo’s current earnings are at odds with the Real policy of shifting money off the books – as noted in Marca.
The former Manchester United star showed he still has what it takes at the weekend with a blistering first-half hat-trick against Cagliari.
The 3-1 win keeps them third in the table, 10 points behind leaders Inter with a game in hand.
Ronaldo completed his treble in the first half as Juventus eased passed Cagliari in Serie A