Manchester United have decided against making an approach for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer despite Real Madrid reducing his release clause to just £88m. The Portuguese superstar is presently the subject of interest from Serie A holders Juventus.
United chief Ed Woodward has been keen on luring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford on many occasions over the past few years but a deal no longer appears a possibility, according to Metro.
As per the publication, Jose Mourinho’s side are more than capable of matching the Bianconeri in terms of wages and transfer fees but the manager does not want to spend the remaining budget on the Portuguese.
It is added that United have a budget of around £90m in hand and the sum is likely to be spent on a new central defender and a striker, who can play back-up to Romelu Lukaku.
Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld has been highlighted as the prime option to bolster the heart of the backline but United are yet to come close to Spurs’ asking price which currently stands at around £70m.
On the other hand, Mario Mandzukic has been earmarked to strengthen the striking department and the Croatian could be made available, should the Bianconeri reach a suitable agreement for Ronaldo or any other marksman.