Cristiano Ronaldo is currently embattled as he faces tax evasion allegations from Spanish authorities.
Real Madrid can only keep Cristiano Ronaldo if they pay up his disputed £13million tax bill and any fine that's imposed if he's found guilty of defrauding Spanish authorities.
That is the much Ronaldo will demand if no other solution can be found to the crisis which has engulfed the Bernabeu since the Portuguese star was accused of tax offences, according to the Daily Mail.
But hard-line executives have also vowed not to allow Ronaldo to leave on the cheap – and that means a transfer fee in excess of £175 million for the strike star.
Ronaldo had a buy-out clause of a staggering £875 million inserted in his contract back in 2012 to deter any predators – but that would be un-enforceable now Ronaldo is 32.
But even £175 million – plus wages of around £400,000-a-week - is astronomical money that will rule out even the world's wealthiest clubs including Manchester United, his spiritual home.
United were last night remaining tight-lipped as the row rumbles on, but club sources claim any interest would centre on whether Jose Mourinho would want his former player as he re-builds for the future.
The duo both have huge ego's – and that caused tensions when Mourinho managed Ronaldo between 2010 and 2013 at The Bernabeu.