posted on Apr, 20 2004 @ 04:25 PM
Real Madrid have admitted Chelsea
could buy their Galacticos this summer but only for record-breaking fees. The Bernabeu top brass have been concerned by Chelsea ever since Roman
Abramovich and his billions came into play when he took over at Stamford Bridge last July.
But the Blues have been told in no uncertain terms that their top stars have minimum fee release clauses which may make them probhibitvely costly even
to Britain's richest man.A Madrid spokesman told Spanish newspaper Marca: "If they want to sign Ronaldo or any other Real Madrid player, they will
have to buy out their contract. In Ronaldo's case that would be 120 million.Ronaldo has recently extended his deal with the club until 2008 with the
new buy-out clause inserted. The figure of 120 million is one shared by Real's other top stars Figo, Raul, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo.Only Roberto
Carlos has a lower price, but at 60 million, the 31-year-old full-back is still incredibly expensive and, as he has only one year remaining on his
current deal, both he and Chelsea could be prepared to wait a year for him to move to Stamford Bridge for nothing.
Roberto Carlos was only last week rumoured to have signed a pre-contract with Chelsea an assertion he has denied.With Chelsea now looking to qualify
for the Champions League final and preparing to mount a sustained challenge for the Premiership next season, Abramovich is again rumoured to be
looking towards the Spanish capital to bolster his squad. Ronaldo is thought to be a tempting target, as is Luis Figo, while David Beckham's recent
personal problems have led to reports of the England captain returning home.But on the face of things, that would put an instant block on any of
Chelsea's attempts to snare Madrid's finest.