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Real Madrid to test United with £60m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United took the extraordinary step yesterday of reporting Real Madrid to Fifa, world football’s governing body, over their public pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo. Relations between two of the world’s biggest clubs seem certain to deteriorate further in the coming weeks. Real are preparing a world-record offer for the 23-year-old Portugal forward once his participation in the European Championship finals is over.
Sources in Madrid indicated last night that Real will offer United a fee in the region of £60 million for Ronaldo after Portugal are eliminated from the tournament, or, if they reach the final, after June 29.
Oliver Kay, The Times
A number of papers claim Cardiff City teenage sensation Aaron Ramsey will today sign for Arsenal. United and Everton had also agreed terms with Cardiff, however it now looks like the 17-year-old will head to London.
The Manchester Evening News report Eric Cantona is keen to take up the managerial post at Old Trafford after Sir Alex retires. Cantona said: “With United, I’ll win many things. United is the biggest club in the world and will win things generation after generation.”
Meanwhile, The Sun claim Everton are planning to pip United and Arsenal to £16m-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Moutinho.