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Calderon: Ronaldo, Kaka Top Real Shopping List

  • Reuters, Wednesday, March 28, 2007 2:06 PM
Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon has confirmed that he will be going after the signatures of Manchester United´s Cristiano Ronaldo and AC Milan´s Kaka this summer, a pair of players who are very dear to their respective clubs. Both Man United and Milan have repeatedly stated that they have no intention of selling their prized possessions, but if either player decides to leave, that could cloud the issue, resulting in a record transfer sale.

When you think of Real Madrid, you tend to think only of the deepest pockets, but Calderon insists the club will not overpay-even for Cristiano Ronaldo, the player many consider to be the best in the world at the moment. "We really like him (Cristiano Ronaldo) but he belongs to Manchester United and they have to decide to sell him first," Calderon told Spanish television. "although we won't be paying 80 million euros [$106.2 million] for him. I don't think any player, even someone with Cristiano Ronaldo's quality, is worth that money," he added. Ronaldo is in the midst of negotiating a contract extension with Man United.

Kaka, meanwhile, will also prove difficult to wrest away from Italian giant AC Milan. In his bid last year for Real's presidency, Calderon promised to bring Kaka and a host of other players to the Santiago Bernabeu. "Kaka belongs to AC Milan and I spoke so much about signing him in the election campaign that I'd better keep quiet until we actually see him here signed up for the club," he said. In addition to the two stars, Calderon said he was also interested in Borussia Dortmund defender Christoph Metzelder, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

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