According to reports in Spain Monaco are ready to tempt Cristiano Ronaldo with a €23m (£19.5m)-a-season mega-offer.
The French club’s owner, Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, is reported to be willing to stump up the cash - double what Ronaldo earns at Real Madrid – as well as conceding to the player any money earned from image rights, something Ronaldo shares with Madrid and which President Florentino Perez refuses to transfer to him.
Los Blancos are currently understood to be offering the Portuguese international around €14m (£11.9m)-a-year in exchange for extending his contract until 2018, but his agent Jorge Mendes is believed to have informed him of Monaco’s proposal to sign for them this summer.
Not content with that, the Monaco owner has told Ronaldo that as his club will not participate in next season’s Champions League the former Manchester United man can use the free time to increase his portfolio of sponsors and increase his income from image rights.
Edinson Cavani has opened up speculation over his future at Napoli further today, but has suggested that a move to Real Madrid may not be on the cards.
The Uruguayan has been increasingly linked with a move out of the Stadio San Paolo this summer, with Madrid said to be one of a number of clubs interested.
However, the 26-year-old, who finished top scorer in Serie A last term, has suggested that whilst he is talking with other clubs, Los Merengues may not be up for consideration.
I have a contract with Napoli, but, at the same time, I am talking to other clubs,” Cavani told reporters from Uruguay’s training camp today.
“Things are a bit uncertain at this point in time. I still belong to Napoli because nobody knows anything official about my future yet.
“I’m concentrating on the World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup with Uruguay now, then I’ll think about my future.
““Chelsea? I don’t know if they have have made an offer for me. I just know that being trained by people such as [Manchester City’s] Manuel Pellegrini or Jose Mourinho, who are being mentioned right now, would be a pleasure.
“Real Madrid? I don’t know if Spanish football would be the best for me. La Liga is marvellous, there is plenty of space for the attacker, but I don’t know where I will go.
“I’m calm because I have dealt with these kind of rumours which say that I have signed for other clubs when I haven’t.
“I’m keeping my feet on the ground, I’m happy and tranquil. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Malaga’s Qatari owners have snubbed an approach from Atletico Madrid for French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.
According to Diario Sur, Los Colchoneros have been seeking a meeting with the Malaga hierarchy to make a formal offer to take the 29-year-old to the Vicente Calderon.
However, they have received a firm refusal to enter into discussions for a player who has become a firm favourite at La Rosaleda.
In any case, it is understood that the price Atleti want to pay for the influential Toulalan is far removed from what the Costa del Sol outfit consider his true worth, given he is still one of Los Blanquiazules’ top earners after some big-name departures.
Atletico, meanwhile, are not to be put off and will try to tempt Malaga into sitting down with the player’s representative to try and reach an agreement.
Toulalan joined from Lyon for €10m (£8.5m )in June 2011 and has consistently reiterated his desire to remain at Malaga as his family is settled in the area, although the financial crisis driven by owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani’s refusal to invest further funds could eventually facilitate his departure.
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