New City Owner Wants £135m Ronaldo

New Manchester City owner Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim is prepared to fund a £135 million offer for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in January. Al-Fahim has revealed that his Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG) company, who are set to take full control of City in the coming weeks, are serious about bringing the best players in the world to the City of Manchester Stadium. And that includes Ronaldo, despite the fact he plays for City’s rivals United and seems destined for a future move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Al-Fahim is up to ten times richer than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and according to some reports and is targeting a list of 18 players as potential transfer targets. It is reported that in a day of drama yesterday, City had offers totalling €300 million in bids for players around the world. Speaking to The Guardian today, Al-Fahim revealed that he is serious about helping City to become the biggest football club in the world and plans to prove it with a bid for Ronaldo in January. "Ronaldo has said he wants to play for the biggest club in the world, so we will see in January if he is serious," he stated. "Real Madrid were estimating his value at $160 million (roughly £90m) but for a player like that, to actually get him, will cost a lot more; I would think $240 million (£135m). But why not? We are going to be the biggest club in the world, bigger than both Real Madrid and Manchester United." Sky Sports News reported earlier today that Liverpool’s Fernando Torres and Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas were also bold targets of Al-Fahim, although it remains to be seen if City yet have the draw to attract such players. In an incredible day yesterday, ADUG’s proposed takeover of the club was announced this morning and following a frantic day of negotiations, which also saw offers tabled for Valencia’s David Villa and new United signing Dimitar Berbatov, their British record £32.5 million capture of Robinho was announced two minutes before the midnight transfer deadline.


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