Paper Round: Target Ronaldo

Target Ronaldo


Jason Burt takes up the story: "Chelsea are considering whether to launch an incredible 100 million euro (£83.6 million) bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín as part of a major overhaul of the squad this summer.

"The Premier League club are running through a number of attacking options and are weighing up an alternative joint bid — a 70m euro (£58.5m) offer to Napoli for Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

"All their plans are in the early stages, and no contact has been made with clubs. One of Chelsea’s chief priorities with Didier Drogba set to leave at the end of his contract, along with Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda and — according to sources — possibly even Daniel Sturridge, is a new-look strike force."

It would be no surprise if Chelsea were to make big changes this summer given that fourth place is eluding their grasp at present, but the Telegraph's numbers don't appear to add up.

Ronaldo signed for Madrid in a £80m move from Manchester United in 2009 and it would be some surprise if his value had not increased in that time, given he has now scored 101 Liga goals in 92 games after a brace against Real Sociedad. He reached that landmark quicker than any other man, including Madrid legend Ferenc Puskas.

The Telegraph also claims that Chelsea value Higuain at a lowly £16.7m, despite his impressive strike-rate for Madrid. As such, it would be a big surprise to see this one get off the ground.

What is altogether more likely is Rio Ferdinand signing a new deal at Manchester United. Both The Sun and the Daily Mail splash with the story on their back page, with reports suggesting the England defender will be forced to take a pay-cut from his £120,000-per week salary due to the fact he is now 33.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Rio's still young for a centre-back. I think it's all down to how he feels physically and what he is doing at the moment is good. He has no issues at all.

"I think from time to time he gets the odd tweak in his back and we have to manage it and look after it.

"He's adapting really well to the challenge of making sure he is fit and fresh to play in the games where we need him."

Elsewhere, Liverpool are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of PSV Eindhoven forward Dries Mertens, according to The Sun.

The paper reports Kenny Dalglish is keen on the £7.5m-rated 24-year-old but German club Bayern Munich are set to beat Liverpool to the punch.

And finally, some good news from Bolton Wanderers with the Daily Mirror detailing how stricken midfielder Fabrice Muamba was able to watch his side defeat Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

The paper reports: "The courageous Bolton star saw Saturday’s vital victory over Blackburn on a recording of Match of the Day – and will now get a visit from his team-mates before the re-match of the FA Cup clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

"Boss Owen Coyle is happy for his side to visit their colleague in the London Chest hospital to give them a lift just a week after he was recovering from a cardiac arrest. Coyle was with Muamba during the vital hours and a few of the Bolton players saw the midfielder during the first days."

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