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"Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of STG80 million ($A162.8 million) for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid," said a statement on its website, under the headline "Reds accept 80m Ronaldo bid."
The statement continued: "At Cristiano's request - who has again expressed his desire to leave - and after discussion with the player's representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.