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Man Utd face £10m bill if they axe Cristiano Ronaldo in January but Chelsea could make shock transfer for wantaway star

MANCHESTER UNITED could have to fork out almost £10 million if they want to get Cristiano Ronaldo off the books in January.

Ronaldo was axed for yesterday’s trip to Chelsea, amid claims he refused to come off the bench in last week’s win over Spurs and looks sure to have played his last game for the club.

United would face almost £10m in owed wages if they wanted to get rid of Ronaldo in January
Chelsea owner Boehly is reportedly still keen on bringing the unsettled 37-year-old to Stamford Bridge

Yet if United hope to get rid before his contract expires at the end of the season, they are staring at pay-off touching eight figures.

Ronaldo would earn around £9.6m in basic wages until June, regardless of any bonus payments for league placings or trophies.

But United do have some wriggle room – not least the option of tearing up his deal if he did indeed refuse to come on as substitute and was deemed to be in breach of contract.

There is also the bargaining chip of letting him join another club for a knockdown fee or even a free – something they stood firm on last summer.

Old Trafford’s money men insisted Ronaldo, who wanted Champions League football, would only be allowed to go on their terms…and that meant a fee of up to £20m.

Now, though, they have the option of his leaving for nothing, if a vastly reduced severance package was also part of the deal.

It would almost certainly be the case if Ronaldo, who will be 38 in February, decided on America as his next destination.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami are keen on signing him, but although they are confident of meeting his personal terms, a transfer fee on top would make it difficult.


Yet with Ronaldo clearly having reached the end of the road at Old Trafford, there is growing belief a deal can be done after all.

Chelsea are also looking to pounce on the opportunity and join the race for the unsettled veteran.

As revealed by SunSport in the summer, Blues owner Boehly is a huge fan of Ronaldo.

At the time, boss Thomas Tuchel still needed convincing to press ahead with a move but now Graeme Potter is in charge at Stamford Bridge.

A £14m bid was being touted back then however Old Trafford bosses may take whatever they can to ship him off.

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