United accept world-record bid for Ronaldo from Madrid


The Premier League champions received an unconditional offer of 80 million pounds ($131 million) for Ronaldo, and has said they are willing to see the 24 year old star join their European rival – unlike in the last off season.
United said, ‘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.’ They added that, ‘Matters are expected to be concluded by 30 June.’  The Portugal winger spent last June pushing for what he called at the time a ‘dream move’ to Madrid, but any hopes for a transfer was blocked by United manager Alex Ferguson, who traveled to Lisbon to persuade his player to stay at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo, who was under contract until 2012 at United, plunged his future into doubt after losing the Champions League final to Barcelona last month, despite having vowed to stay at United in the buildup to the match and even in a broadcast interview.