Real Madrid turned down a massive £160million bid from Manchester City for Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Ronaldo has publicly admitted that he is ‘sad’ due to a ‘professional’ issue at the Primera Liga champions but it is unknown whether City’s approach has anything to do with his bad mood.
Spanish sports daily AS reports that the offer was presented to Real chairman Florentino Perez by the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
City were also offering wages of over £300,000 a week, which would have made the Portugal star the best paid player in the world.
Ronaldo, 27, has insisted that his sadness is ‘not about the money,’ but there are rumours that he is seeking a lucrative contract extension.
Perez was in a strong position to turn down the bid as it fell well short of Ronaldo’s £793million buy-out clause.
The two clubs have beeAdd Newn drawn in the same Champions League group and will clash at the Etihad Stadium on November 21 and Ronaldo is sure to get a hostile reception after his spell at rivals Manchester United.
City are also long-term admirers of Jose Mourinho, and were linked to the Real manager when he looked set to leave the Bernabeu at the end of last season.