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Perez turns from Kaka to Man United’s Ronaldo

9 June 2009 | Posted in Notes & Insights | By Michael Long | Contact the author

Florentino Perez, the new Real Madrid president, is ready to break the world transfer record again as he looks to rebuild the galácticos ethos of his first era at the club.

Perez oversaw the signings of Luis Figo and zinedine Zidane, both for world records, as well as the likes of David Beckham and Brazilian striker Ronaldo during his tenure at the club between 2000 and 2006. Having broken the world record in sterling with the UK£65 million (US$105 million) capture of Kaka from AC Milan this week, he is now intent on bringing Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu from Manchester United.

"We're always thinking about great players, Cristiano Ronaldo and (Internazionale striker Zlatan) Ibrahimovic are among other great players around the world," said Perez on British television. "Ronaldo is a great player who we'd like to bring to the club, but first we have to speak to Manchester United because the important thing is for us to maintain a good rapport with everyone."

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