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For Real? United and Madrid 'put pen to paper' on 70m Ronaldo transfer
Published : 12 May 2009 16:16:36
A respected Spanish newspaper claims Manchester United and Real Madrid have already signed contracts on a world-record deal to take Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu this summer. Come and get me: Cristiano Ronaldo It is claimed that the clubs have agreed a £71.5million fee for the 24-year-old, which is subject to secrecy clauses and Madrid's new president taking up the option. Former president Ramon Calderon has long hinted that there was an agreement in principle and Sportsmail understands that Madrid officials have been confident for some time that they would finally land their man at the end of the season. Sportsmail revealed last month that the LalLiga giants believed they had a deal in place and El Pais' reports have further supported that claim. Madrid confident they will capture Ronaldo from United in £75m world record deal But now Spanish national newspaper El Pais claims to reveal details of actual contracts and clauses that have been pored over by the clubs and Ronaldo himself. The total value of the deal would be in excess of 100m euros (£89m) when taking into account a big cut for Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes. The former Sporting Lisbon player could expect to pick up £12.5m a year - a whopping £240,000 a week. The alleged contract states that United would have to accept a bid of £71.5m after July 1, provided that neither side divulges details before May 31. Whether apparent press leaks such as this scupper the deal remain to be seen.