Ronaldo in Roberto's sights?
- Fri 30 Mar 2012, 9:14AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Summer’s on its way, and that transfer window will soon be flung open with unabandoned gusto, so now’s the time to get your nominations in. And there are some crackers.
None more so than goal.com’s Wayne Veysey, who reckons that a certain Cristiano Ronaldo will be Roberto’s No.1 target once the market is open for business.
Chief correspondent Veysey declares that “City are ready to deliver a sensational package” and adds that the club “understood to be willing to match the world-record transfer fee of £80 million that Real paid for Ronaldo in 2009”.
He writes: “Sources in both Manchester and Spain have told Goal.com that there has been contact between intermediaries in recent weeks to gauge the player’s interest in returning to Manchester.
“The early indications from the 27-year-old's camp are that he could be open to a transfer that would send shockwaves through football.”
Anything else? Wayne says that “Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes has become increasingly close to senior City officials over the past year”.
And? “Owner Sheikh Mansour, advised by the club’s senior hierarchy in Abu Dhabi, is a huge admirer of Ronaldo and has tremendous respect for Real Madrid as a footballing institution.
“Although City strongly refuted on Friday that the club have made any move to sign the forward, it is understood that the billionaire owner is ready to sanction the monies if there is a deal to be done.”
It’s safe to say that Ronaldo would be on any manager’s wish list. The Mail believes that Luca Modric is also on Mancini’s as one of his top summer targets
Talking of Silva, the Mail also runs with news that “City will attempt to tie their talisman to a new long-term contract this summer, despite suggestions the Spain midfielder is homesick.
“Silva has been a huge success since joining City from Valencia two seasons ago and is seen as an integral part of coach Roberto Mancini’s plans at the Etihad Stadium.
“And with the 26-year-old playmaker halfway through the four-year deal he signed in the summer of 2010, City are keen to elevate him to their top pay scale enjoyed by players like Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez.”