Manchester United to take cut from Cristiano Ronaldo’s £88m Juventus transfer
Manchester United are set to benefit financially from Cristiano Ronaldo’s £88million move to Juventus.
The Real Madrid star is reported to be nearing a move to the Serie A giants after deciding to leave the Bernabeu after nine trophy-laden years.
Juventus are believed to have agreed personal terms with Ronaldo and have tabled a €100m (£88m) bid to Real Madrid for the 33-year-old.
Manchester United were made aware of Ronaldo’s availability but Jose Mourinho decided against re-signing the forward, instead preferring to reinvest in other areas of his side.
However, United do stand to gain from Ronaldo’s move to Turin and will recieve a financial windfall from his departure from Real Madrid.
The Red Devils signed Ronaldo as an 18-year-old from Sporting Lisbon and under FIFA’s Solidarity Mechanism rule United are due a payment from his move to Turin.
Portuguese outlet Record claims United will receive around £2.2m from Ronaldo’s move, despite not having a sell-on fee on the 33-year-old.
The rule is designed to benefit clubs that develop players at a young age but do not necessarily benefit from their development. Sporting Lisbon will recieve around £1.9m.
Ronaldo has threatened to quit Madrid on a number of occasions and United attempted to sign him in 2013 and 2015.
However, the club invested heavily in Alexis Sanchez in January and handed the Chilean Ronaldo’s no.7 shirt.
Mourinho fell out with Ronaldo during his final year at Madrid but the pair have since patched up their relationship.
Ronaldo is expected to sign a four-year deal with Juventus and will be the highest paid player in their history.