MANCHESTER UNITED will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain to recapture Cristiano Ronaldo.

The French Ligue 1 leaders have contacted Real Madrid with a ‘substantial offer’ for the former Old Trafford idol.

That has prompted United to speak with Ronaldo’s agent in a bid to see off a potential move to the French capital and get the 28-year-old back.

SunSport revealed last month that United have held high-level talks with their main sponsors Nike to put a package together to land the Portuguese superstar.

United — who sold Ron to Real for £80million in 2009 — are willing to offer £65m plus a player — most likely Nani — if they get the green light from Ronaldo’s people that the player wants a move.

But they have now been panicked by PSG’s move. A United source said: “United are not happy now PSG have made their move with a substantial offer.

“They will not give up, however, and have told Ronaldo’s agent of their intent.”

The Qatari backed big spenders from France are understood to have offered Real £80m.

They would also top any wage offer by United who would make him joint top earner at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney on £250,000 a week.

His main sponsors Nike would also offer the player further incentives to move back to United.

Ronaldo’s decision will not come down purely to cash.

If he is going to leave, his preferred destination would be Old Trafford.

Ronaldo has refused to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu. He has two years left on his current deal and said he would be willing to let it run and leave Real for nothing.

That is why the Spanish giants could be ready to do business as his value will decrease each year he stays.