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Ronaldo set for big-money move to Middle East

Portuguese super-star, Cristiano Ronaldo  is expected this week to make official his big-money transfer to a clubside in the Middle East.

Ronaldo, 37, is reported to be close to finalising a huge move to Saudi Arabian side, Al-Nassr, after he had his Manchester United contract terminated last month, following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, about the club.

The Saudi side are looking at a number of Europe’s talents, including Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and former Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos.

MARCA reports that as Al-Nassr await the arrival of the former Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus forward, club chiefs are exploring the option of signing Ramos, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010.

Ramos’s current deal at the Parc des Princes is set to expire in the summer, which has put a number of clubs across the world on high alert.

The same outlet claims Al-Nassr’s club president and sporting director are planning for a trip to Madrid, where they will look to progress a potential deal for Ramos.

However, signing Ronaldo remains the club’s priority and they expect to make his move to Saudi Arabia official on January 1.

Ronaldo is set to earn $75 million a year if he takes Al-Nassr’s offer, while image rights and other endorsements could see this figure rise considerably to around £173 million a year.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor