Ronaldo, Man United in transfer talks, City out


Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is in talks with Manchester United over a possible return of the superstar to Old Trafford.

This is as reports say that Manchester City are no longer in the running to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo left United for a then-world record £80m to join Real Madrid in 2009 after spending six years with the club, when he won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup, and the League Cup.

Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth said, “Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, has approached Man Utd.

“They are in talks over a proposal that could see Ronaldo sensationally return to other clubs.

“Remember, Jorge Mendes is talking to other clubs.

“Man City are apparently out of the equation but there are other European clubs Mendes is talking to.

“But the feeling is now Manchester United are the front runners to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.”

The PUNCH had reported that Manchester United are now frontrunners to secure a sensational return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo, after it was confirmed Manchester City are no longer interested.

Earlier in the day, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s desire to leave the Italian giants.

Premier League champions City had been widely linked with a move for the Portuguese forward after missing out on England captain Harry Kane.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted the Red Devils could make a late swoop to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo won the first of his five Champions League titles and was first crowned the world’s best player during six years at United between 2003 and 2009.

“Cristiano has been a legend of this club, he is a legend of this club, he’s the greatest player of all time, if you ask me,” said Solskjaer, who played alongside Ronaldo.

“I didn’t think Cristiano was going turn out leaving Juventus. It’s been speculation the last few days, of course.

“We’ve always had a good communication. I know Bruno (Fernandes) has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move from Juventus, he knows that we’re here.”

– City pull out –
City seemed to be in pole position to land what would have been the biggest signing in the club’s history as they look for a replacement for Sergio Aguero.

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However, according to reports in England, they have now withdrawn their interest.

City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he will be happy with his squad even if they do not add another striker before the end of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

“Cristiano will decide where he wants to play, not Manchester City or myself. Right now it looks far, far away,” said Guardiola.

“These type of players decide. They knock the door, they call and after there are situations I cannot control. It is not my business.”

United will still have to reach an agreement with Juventus.

Ronaldo’s contract in Turin running until 2022 and the italians are reportedly holding out for a transfer fee in the region of 25 million euros ($29 million, £21 million).

“Yesterday, speaking with Cristiano, he told me that he has no intention of staying at Juventus, for this reason he will not be picked tomorrow. This morning he didn’t train,” Allegri told reporters ahead of Juve’s Serie A match against Empoli on Saturday.

“He was here three years, he made his contribution, he made himself available to Juventus and now he’s leaving. Life goes on,” added Allegri.

Ronaldo won two Serie A titles with Juventus, but his time in Turin has not lived up to expectations.

He joined 2018 after scoring a remarkable 450 goals in 438 matches in a glittering nine-year spell at the Bernabeu that also included four Champions League triumphs.

Juventus hopes he would be the final piece required to end their 25-year wait to become champions of Europe have been thwarted.

La Vecchia Signora have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals in the past three seasons.

Last season, they were deposed as Italian champions by fierce rivals Inter Milan and had to wait until the final day of the campaign to secure qualification for Europe’s top club competition.

However, Ronaldo still topped the Serie A goal charts last season, edging out Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea this month for £97 million.

And he also rolled back the years at Euro 2020 to win the Golden Boot despite playing just four games as Portugal bowed out at the last 16.

United have already significantly strengthened their squad with the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane during the transfer window as they aim to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013.

Ronaldo would join an already loaded group of attacking options for Solskjaer featuring Fernandes, Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba.

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