London, June 18 (ANI): Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly being urged to stay at his club for another 18 months before making a possible switch to his former side Manchester United, often touted as Ronaldo's last big move in football.
According to the Independent, the Premier League champions are convinced that Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid and believe that they are the only English club he would contemplate signing for.
However, the report added, United accept that they cannot compete this summer for Roanldo with a likely 85 million-pound bid from Monaco - a tax-free principality where he can become the world's richest player - or Paris Saint Germain.
The report further said that the player is being advised by his agent Jorge Mendes that if he waits until he is out of contract in June 2015, he will be able to secure a major signing on-fee and substantial wages which would add up to a 118 million-pound welcome home package.
Although the big cash offer plus tax-protected wages this summer would make Monaco favourites among the few clubs capable of signing the Portuguese, sources have said that Ronaldo is unlikely to be tempted, leaving United as a strong contender when the player's contract expires.
According to the report, United could move onto a 60 million- euro signing on fee and 20 million euros a year take home pay across four years with 100 percent of Ronaldo's image rights on what they save on not having to pay Madrid for his transfer now.
Although the prospect of Ronaldo holding off for a further 18 months may prove harder at the Bernabeu, as there is no equivalent father-figure like former boss Sir Alex Ferguson around, however, the report said that the prospect of a huge United signing-on fee could be the incentive to bring in the Portuguese, who may also feel that he has come full circle by ending his career at the club which gave him his footballing education.
The report further said that an alternative possible resolution at the end of next season could see Real Madrid radically reducing their asking price for Ronaldo, aware that he would be 12 months from leaving for free, which would also serve United well. (ANI)