ssuming there is no change of heart and that Cristiano Ronaldo does indeed leave Spain this summer, Real Madrid would only permit his sale if they receive at least 400 million euros.
His release clause stands at 1,000m euros and Los Blancos always demand the clause figure be met when it is the player who wants to leave, but in this case that figure is simply unrealistic for any club.
The number was set in 2009 in order to dissuade other clubs from targeting the Portuguese forward, but could be negotiated down.
In the offices of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the mood is calm and they hope to discuss the issue after the Confederations Cup, which he is taking part in with Portugal, but they could sell him if an offer of 200m euros arrives.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the only clubs able to afford that, as well as Chinese Super League teams, although the player is not currently considering a move to Asia.
In addition, Real Madrid would save another 200m euros as they wouldn’t have to pay the player’s salary, which is now 50m euros per season, following last year’s contract extension to 2021.
In total, selling Ronaldo would signify a 400m euros windfall, the most spectacular in the history of football.
That said, the capital city club would be waving goodbye to Ronaldo’s marketing appeal and to all of the extra income his presence in the squad entails.