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According to Calciomercato (h/t Mark Brus of Metro), Ronaldo has told his Portugal team-mates he is certain to leave La Liga in the coming weeks, forcing Real to target three of the planet’s top strikers. Ronaldo could rekindle his relationship with Manchester United as he considers his next destination, forcing Madrid President Florentino Perez to spend big.
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Dybala and Mbappe remain burgeoning talents, leaving 28-year-old Lewandowski as the most experienced and likely of the three.
The Polish hitman’s record of 110 goals in 147 appearances for Bayern Munich, per Brus, is dwarfed by Ronaldo’s 406 goals in his 394 games for Real, but he would give coach Zinedine Zidane a prolific entity at No. 9.
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The Sun‘s Neil Custis and Nick Rostron-Pike reported Perez would likely accept around £150 million for his iconic 32-year-old, but United could offset the cost by offering goalkeeper David De Gea as a makeweight—a long-term Real target.
Former Real president Ramon Calderon says Ronaldo will be tempted with a dramatic return to Old Trafford, per Custis and Roston-Pike:
Calderon said: “I remember when I signed Cristiano, he phoned me and said everyone at Manchester United was really happy and kind to him. Sir Alex Ferguson was like a father, and he loved the fans. The club has been very important in his career. Manchester United is a club he has in his heart.”
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The loss of the player who has led Real to three UEFA Champions League titles in four years would be a catastrophic blow for the club’s immediate ambitions.
However, with Ronaldo ageing, it might be the perfect time to cash-in on his talents, especially if he is determined to leave Spain.
Dybala and Mbappe are exceptional prodigies but neither would have the goal impact of Lewandowski in the short term.
The Pole is a different player to Ronaldo, but he has the proven record needed at the highest level to sign for the Spanish and European champions.