REAL MADRID are locked in a battle to hijack Cristiano Ronaldo on the cheap.


April 8, News of the World

The European giants will take advantage of the FIFA ruling enabling them to sign the Manchester United star in 2010 for the remaining two years of his salary — around £10million.

And that puts pressure on United to complete new contract talks to keep Ronaldo at the club until 2014 and increase his wage to £140,000 a week.

Reports in Spain and Italy are indicating that both Real and Milan will try to trigger the FIFA regulation to snap up the Portuguese winger, who has emerged as the hottest property in the world after his record-breaking season.

Real coach Bernd Schuster said this week that Ronaldo was in their sights, though he admitted that he did not think United would sell him at the moment.

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