Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Portugal vs. Mexico amid transfer speculation

Last summer United broke the world transfer fee record, for the first time in club history, when they brought Paul Pogba back #Pogback to Old Trafford for £89.3 million.

Madrid were rocked on Friday when Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed the 32-year-old no longer wanted to play in Spain amid scrutiny over his tax affairs, a story that sources close to the player have seemingly since confirmed to other global news outlets.

Following the tax allegations, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself with his fingers to his lips on Instagram with the caption: "Sometimes the best answer it's to be quiet".

Jorge Mendes, who is one of the most influential personalities in soccer, is also Ronaldo's agent.

Manchester United have been in advanced negotiations with Real Madrid for the signature of Morata and the striker has already given his consent to a proposed contract with the Red Devils.

Ronaldo's advisers, though, have been told to find him a new club outside Spain because he is angry after being accused of evading tax of 14.7m euros (£13m) between 2011 and 2014.

Real have always been admirers of the Belgian winger and have repeatedly tried to sign him in the past, and now he could be used as a pawn to snatch Ronaldo from under United's nose. Apart from the English and French clubs, the 32-year-old football megastar could also ink a deal with professional team from China that is more than willing to spend half-a-billion dollars to acquire the Ronaldo brand, The Washington Post reported.

United spend a summer trying to negotiate Ronaldo's transfer - and miss out on their other targets as a result.

Premier League champions Chelsea are reportedly considering a swap deal involving Eden Hazard, while Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to spend any amount to seal a deal for the superstar.

Cope subsequently reported that Ronaldo has spoken to Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane about the situation and confirmed to his club boss that he does want to quit La Liga.

He's been happy here, he helped us to win three Champions Leagues over the past four years, so I hope he will stay.

"He loved the club, the fans, the city and I don't rule out a move back".

  • Julie Sanders