Man Utd ready to break Erik ten Hag's 'Cristiano Ronaldo' rule to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham
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Manchester United are ready to break Erik ten Hag’s strict ‘Cristiano Ronaldo' rule to sign Harry Kane, it has been claimed.
Indeed, there is reportedly an increased expectation the striker will not sign a new Tottenham Hotspur contract this summer.
And United are planning to bid for Kane, with the due diligence having begun over his price tag and how to handle negotiations with Daniel Levy.
Ten Hag’s ‘Ronaldo Rule’
Should Kane and Rashford sign a contract worth the reported £300,000, United would be breaking an alleged policy concerning player contracts.
Indeed, the ‘Ronaldo Rule’ is a term used to describe a transfer policy that was reportedly enacted at United in early 2023, to ensure nobody inside the club’s dressing room is paid significantly more than their teammates.
According to the Mail, United players’ salaries will be capped at £200,000 a week - or around £10.4 million a year.
Moreover, players who are on a deal over that figure will be offered fresh terms to bring them down to the cap level.
In the past, United have regularly offered big-money contracts to marquee players, with Ronaldo being the most recent example.
The five-time Balon d’Or winner, who acrimoniously left United in November, was allegedly on £385,000 a week in his second spell at the club.
The ‘Ronaldo Rule’ was thought to have been implemented to help limit overspending on playing talent, while it also gives a degree of certainty in negotiations for both the club and players.
By enacting the salary cap United would be seeking to reduce their wage first and foremost, but the potential benefits could extend to a mood in the dressing room, with a sense of equitability being fostered among the team's high earners.