Manchester United have shocked the football world after accepting an £80million offer from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo's Old Trafford future had been the subject of intense speculation since the end of the season and Real finally appear to have landed their man after being granted permission to speak with the Portugal international.
United spurned the advances of the Spanish club last summer despite Ronaldo declaring he wanted to move to Madrid.
But following a new world record offer and a fresh suggestion from the 24-year-old wideman that he wanted to move to Spain, United have decided to cash in on the current World and European player of the year.
Real's £80million offer comes just days after they completed a £59million swoop on AC Milan for Kaka.
Madrid president Florentino Perez had openly turned his attention to Ronaldo after landing the Brazil star.
"Manchester United have received a world record, unconditional offer of £80million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid," confirmed a club statement.
"At Cristiano's request - who has again expressed his desire to leave - and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.
"Matters are expected to be concluded by 30 June. The club will not comment until further notice."
Ronaldo has been at Old Trafford since joining United in a £12.24million deal from Sporting Lisbon in summer 2003.
He has helped the Red Devils win three successive Premier League crowns, the Champions League in 2007/08, one FA Cup and two League Cups during a trophy-laden six years in Manchester.