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Hughes expects big transfer spree


Hughes gives his assessment on Real's 80m move for Ronaldo

Mark Hughes thinks Cristiano Ronaldo's £80m move to Real Madrid could spark a summer of massive transfer spending.

"There is a lot of money out there now, with some big clubs eager to spend it," said the Manchester City boss. "It should make for an interesting market."

Real have already spent £56m on AC Milan forward Kaka while City paid £12m to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

City have also been linked with moves for Carlos Tevez and Samuel Eto'o while Chelsea are expected to spend big, too.

"We are still looking to address areas of the team and squad but we have to make sure that the quality we attract here is the right quality," added Hughes.

Meanwhile, Hughes has backed United's decision to accept Real's world record offer for Portuguese star Ronaldo.

"Sir Alex Ferguson has made what he thinks is the right decision for United," said the Welshman. "United feel it is good business."

Ferguson had been previously quoted as saying he would not sell his prize asset to Spanish side Real but Hughes believes the Scot would have been fully involved in the decision to offload Ronaldo.


"Sir Alex Ferguson makes key decisions very quickly and I suspect he will have been very much involved in what has happened," said Hughes.

"There seems to have been a lot of speculation about Ronaldo's future for a number of seasons, to the extent it has started to become predictable."

Hughes also believes Real will be happy with the record-breaking deal, which will take their spending to £136m in the space of a few days following the acquisition of Brazilian Kaka.

"I am sure Real Madrid will be very pleased with the business they have been able to do," commented the former Wales and Blackburn manager, who tried to sign Kaka in the January transfer window.

"Obviously we pursued one of the players involved and the reaction that approach was viewed in was somewhat different."

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History of the world transfer record
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Man Utd accept 80m Ronaldo bid
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Reaction to Real's Ronaldo offer
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Kaka completes Real Madrid switch
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Thursday's gossip column
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