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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Real Madrid to test United with £60m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United took the extraordinary step yesterday of reporting Real Madrid to Fifa, world football’s governing body, over their public pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo. Relations between two of the world’s biggest clubs seem certain to deteriorate further in the coming weeks. Real are preparing a world-record offer for the 23-year-old Portugal forward once his participation in the European Championship finals is over.
Sources in Madrid indicated last night that Real will offer United a fee in the region of £60 million for Ronaldo after Portugal are eliminated from the tournament, or, if they reach the final, after June 29.
Oliver Kay, The Times

Ramsey snubs United

Cardiff City starlet Aaron Ramsey has decided to join Arsenal, snubbing offers from United and Everton.

The highly-rated 17-year-old midfielder met with all three clubs for talks after bids - believed to be around £5million - were accepted last week.

The Premier League and Champions League holders appeared to be in pole position to sign the talented young Welsh international, but Cardiff have since confirmed the teenager's future lies elsewhere.

"Cardiff City were informed on Friday morning that Aaron Ramsey’s preferred destination this summer is at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal,” Cardiff's website confirmed.

"We will now continue the dialogue with the Gunners with a view to Aaron’s move being completed.

"The move, unlike other options, however, does not include a loan-back period at Ninian Park for the 2008/09 season."