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Manchester United accept £80m from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo

Premier League champions Manchester United have accepted a world record bid from Real Madrid for World and European Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, the club revealed earlier today.

The offer, worth a staggering £80m, prompted United to release a statement saying that they had “agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player”, with the club adding that the decision came at Ronaldo’s request after he again expressed his desire to leave.

United went on to describe the offer for the 24-year-old Portugal winger to be “unconditional” and that they expected the deal to be concluded by the end of the month. As such, Ronaldo will become Madrid’s second “galactico” signing of the summer after they broke the world transfer record to sign Kaka from AC Milan.

Following the return of Real president Florentino Perez, Madrid eclipsed the £45.6m fee they paid for Zinedine Zidane in 2001 by signing the Brazilian midfielder for a reported £56 million, with Perez subsequently claiming that he would do “everything possible” to ensure Kaka was joined by Ronaldo before the start of the new season.

It is understood that the funds generated by the sale of United’s most prized asset will be made available to manager Sir Alex Ferguson to spend in the transfer window, with the club already rumoured to be lining-up either Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribéry or Wigan’s Antonio Valencia as a replacement.
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