May 12, 2009

Real Madrid will attempt to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United by trading players such as Pepe to the English club, according to reports in Portugal on Tuesday.

The news comes on the same day that another source claimed that United was ready to sell the winger for around $110 million.

However, Record believes that Madrid will pay $41 million for Ronaldo and will also offer a choice of players for the Red Devils.

One of those players is reported to be Pepe, who was recently suspended for 10 games for violent conduct during the end of a match with Getafe.

It should not be forgotten though that Madrid signed the defender for $41 million from Porto a few years ago, and for the Spaniards to sell him, they would have to find a replacement at the back.

Record also reports that Madrid is ready to pay Ronaldo around $18 million a season if he does join the tea this summer.

The two major stumbling blocks to any move though are firstly Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson, and more importantly, the player himself.

Only recently Ronaldo declared his Madrid dream "dead" when he was questioned about it, seemingly putting an end to any chance of him moving this summer.

Ferguson would be reluctant to sell his star man, too, especially to a club with which Manchester United has developed such a poor relationship lately.

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