Cristiano Ronaldo receives bumper offer from Saudi Arabian club

Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer exceeding £200million to leave Manchester United for a club in Saudi Arabia.

Ronaldo, 37, has a contract with Manchester United until next summer, but informed the club he wanted to leave ahead of the new season.

It is understood he has received a lucrative offer from an unnamed Saudi Arabia club, worth £233.23million (€275 million) over two years.

That amounts to a figure in the region of £2.24million a week.

Sources say the club are also willing to pay Manchester United a transfer fee in the region of £25million. Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford from Juventus for an initial £12.86million last summer.

Ronaldo is not thought to be keen on accepting the offer, however, because it remains his ambition to play in the Champions League next season.

The Athletic reported on Thursday that Chelsea have decided not to make any attempt to sign Ronaldo this summer, although other clubs, including Atletico Madrid, still retain an interest.

Manchester United have repeatedly insisted that Ronaldo is not for sale, but the player did not travel on the club’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to “personal reasons”.

New manager Erik ten Hag has insisted the veteran forward is a key part of his plans for the coming season.

He said earlier this week: “We are planning with Ronaldo for this season. That’s it. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Asked if Ronaldo wants to leave, Ten Hag replied: “He hasn’t told me this. I have read, but as I say, Cristiano is not for sale, he’s in our plans and we want to get success together.

“I spoke with him before this issue came up. I had a conversation with him and had a real good talk.”

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