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Manchester United owners set to sell club in £3bn deal

Manchester United Football Club Old Trafford football ground. Old Trafford has the largest capacity of any English football stadium at just over 76,000, and is the only UEFA 5-star rated facility in England.

Manchester United owners are allegedly planning a move to sell the club but will first secure Cristiano Ronaldo, reigning world footballer of the year and Real Madrid star, before selling according to a report from the Daily Mail. The Glazer family is preparing to shell out a big sum of money for the 29-year-old ahead of negotiations with his agent Jorge Mendes, despite the astounding £500k-a-week wage of Ronaldo.

Ronaldo would cost Manchester United £60 million on top of his weekly wage but the Glazer family still considers making a move for the football superstar because it believes that taking him might help secure top market value in the event that they put the club for sale.

The UK publication believes that the Glazer family is eyeing a timeline where they will splash out on Ronald and then ask buyers for £3bn for the Old Trafford, although they are willing to give it for £2bn for the right buyer.

The outrageous amount of money involved indicates that Ronaldo is indeed the hottest property in the football world, a player who has taken his game to another level since transferring from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu in 2009.

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Four years ago, Real Madrid spent £80 million to acquire Ronaldo and needless to say, the club would want to recoup the sum before considering the sale of their star player; but then again, this much-rumoured deal is pretty attractive and is very much likely to appear on the cards next summer.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid has no intentions of letting Ronaldo return to Manchester United, according to Goal.com. The Spanish club is not interested in letting Ronaldo go next summer, claiming that Ronaldo is not willing to move to a club that cannot offer Champions League football.

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Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal previously indicated his interest in signing Ronaldo, saying that it is possible but he also said at the same time that he does not expect the Real Madrid to sell.

“I can’t imagine Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo. These are meaningless rumours. He is really happy to be at Real Madrid and Madrid fans are very happy with him,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed.