Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has insisted that recent reports of a possible return to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo will not affect the impending deal for Alvaro Morata.
Sources at Sky Sports reported on Friday that Ronaldo, who arrived at the Bernabeu for world record fee of £80m from Man United back in 2009, no longer wanted to play in Spain just days after allegations of tax fraud came his way.
News of the Portuguese’s move away, which is reportedly irreversible, comes in the middle of negotiations for a fee for Morata, with the Spanish champions holding out for a sum of £78m.
But Calderon, speaking to the Sun, noted that news of Ronaldo will not lead to United pulling the plug on a deal for Morata.
“Alvaro Morata is not happy at Real Madrid.”
“He hasn’t played and it’s the kind of deal and agreement which is great for all sides. The player, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
“All parties will be very happy with the deal.
”Very few clubs can meet his [Ronaldo’s] expectations. Not because they can’t pay the money but because they need to offer him the possibility of winning titles and personal awards.
“The relationship in Madrid [with Mourinho] wasn’t the best but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to go back to Manchester where he is very grateful of what happened.
“I am sure he will stay in Europe. I don’t see him playing in China or the Middle East. Sir Alex Ferguson was like a father and he loved the fans.”
News of Ronaldo’s desire to longer play in Spain is huge, don’t get me wrong. But the main priority still has to be tying up the Morata deal, alongside the ongoing negotiations with Inter Milan for Ivan Perisic.
There is possibly a case for Mourinho throwing his transfer plans out of the window and dedicating all efforts to bring the 32-year-old back to Old Trafford. Indeed, that was my initial inclination once the news broke.
But Mourinho does not – and shouldn’t – operate in such fashion: the Portuguese has set out various areas he needs to address ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and Ed Woodward and Co are in the middle of doing exactly that.
Any move for the Portuguese should, I would argue, only come once Mourinho has signed the players he pointed towards earlier this year.