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Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United could have £40m Liverpool benefit

Cristiano Ronaldo is moving back to Manchester United. It’s a transfer that may benefit Liverpool.

Manchester United confirmed on Friday that they’re signing Cristiano Ronaldo. That’s a pretty major transfer no matter which way you look at it.

We won’t go into what we think the actual effect on United will be, nor how good a signing it really is. We just want to focus on the finances here.

The Athletic says this will cost United around £20m, assuming the bonuses are met. The big one, however, is his wages.

Sky Italia have the wage-packet at around £22m per year. That works out to comfortably over £400k-a-week. Not exactly cheap – this is a big financial deal for United.

Which brings us to Liverpool.

Manchester United sign Cristiano Ronaldo

If Liverpool sign anyone over the next few days, it will likely be Yves Bissouma. The Express claims they’ve made put in an official enquiry to Brighton about the 24-year-old.

They’re not the only ones saying that, either. Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast that the Reds have done the same.

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He also says that United put in an enquiry. But that was before they made this sudden – and expensive – move for Ronaldo.

We find it hard to believe that they could put forward all this money for their former no.7 and still have enough to compete for Bissouma. Unless they truly have unlimited funds, this should see them bow out of the race.

And that would leave Liverpool as the leaders – and by some distance. They’ll surely be in a position to secure Bissouma if that’s what they truly want to do.

For what it’s worth, we think he’d be a fantastic signing.

United fans being happy is never a good thing for Liverpool but in this instance, it might carry a benefit. Let’s see what the next few days hold.

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