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According to reports, Cristiano Ronaldo pocketed a bonus ‘well into six figures’ just days before he informed Manchester United that he wants to leave.
Ronaldo returned to the Red Devils last summer after having spells at Real Madrid and Juventus.
The 37-year-old performed well for them last term, as he finished the Premier League season with 18 goals.
The forward still has a year remaining on his contract but he has informed Man Utd that he wants to leave this summer.
The Sun have revealed that before telling United that he intends to leave, Ronaldo received a bonus that was ‘well into six figures’.
They state that this is ‘not a loyalty clause outright’, as it also includes ‘various image rights and payouts for hitting goalscoring targets’.
An ‘Old Trafford insider’ added: “He’s done nothing wrong, but a few people have suggested the timing of it all might not be a coincidence and Ronny could have revealed his wish to leave weeks ago.”
Meanwhile, reports in Spain are claiming that Chelsea are set to beat Man Utd to Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong after making him a better offer.
Widespread reports have indicated that De Jong’s primary focus is to stay on at Barcelona while Man Utd and the Catalan giants continue to haggle over the structure of an €87m transfer.
It is understood that the Red Devils have agreed to pay the €87m asking price but that Barcelona want €75m plus €12m in add-ons rather than the €65m plus another €22m in variables currently on the table.
And now Spanish publication Nacional claims that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has ‘already spoken’ to De Jong ‘personally’ and the negotiations over a transfer ‘may start very soon’.
Barcelona are ‘willing to facilitate’ a move at the ‘right price’ with the Catalan giants looking to ‘reduce the wage bill’ this summer.
Chelsea are ‘willing to pay’ his asking price ‘without any type of objection’ and the report adds that Tuchel now sees De Jong as a ‘priority issue’.
De Jong ‘was initially expected’ to sign for Man Utd but it is a ‘possibility that has been almost ruled out’ by the player with the Red Devils competing in the Europa League next term.
Nacional add: ‘Although he was looking forward to working with Erik Ten Hag again, the offer he received from Stamford Bridge convinced him much more.’
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