Serie A - Fenerbahce make offer for Ronaldo
Eurosport - Wed, 20 Jun 16:11:00 2007
Serie A - Turkish champions Fenerbahce are close to the signing of Brazilian striker Ronaldo, chairman Aziz Yildirim has revealed.
The Istanbul giants signed full back Roberto Carlos on a two-year deal on Tuesday, and according to Yildirim, he could soon be joined by his compatriot Ronaldo, for whom Fenerbahce have submitted an offer of around nine million euros to Milan.
"A transfer will soon come that will put that of Roberto Carlos in the shade. Ronaldo is a world star and would fit in very well with us. It's no secret any more that we are close to [signing] him." Yildirim told Eurosport.
Fener have won the Turkish Super League in three of the last four seasons, though have struggled to make any impact on the European stage. With the signing of Roberto Carlos and possibly Ronaldo, they are hoping to finally progress ion the Champions League.
"The national title is no longer enough for us," Yildirim added. "We want to make waves at last in the Champions League, and we'll only do that by signing superstars."
Should Milan succeed in tempting Andriy Shevchenko back to the San Siro, they could well allow Ronaldo to move on, despite only having signed him from Real Madrid in January.
Fenerbahce are ready to offer Ronaldo a wage of 4 million euros per year, and the striker could also be tempted by the chance to link up not only with Roberto Carlos, but also fellow Brazilians Alex de Souza, Edu Dracena, Marco Aurelio and Deivid de Souza, and his coach would be none other than Brazilian legend Zico.