City Contemplating Chance to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo
Harry Kane's announcement that he would stay with Tottenham Hotspur this season brought to an end a summer-long transfer saga. Manchester City were heavily interested in the striker but seemed unwilling to meet Spurs' demands as negotiations with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy went cold.
Now it is understood that City are entertaining the idea of potentially signing Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. Gianluca Di Marzio from Sky in Italy revealed on Wednesday night that agent Jorge Mendes is in Turin with Ronaldo. Romeo Agresti also confirmed that Mendes will meet with Juventus officials on Thursday morning to discuss the player's future.
Di Marzio announced that the Portuguese captain would like a move and that the Blues are the only viable option at this time but no formal offer has been made.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus reacts during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio v Juventus at Dacia Arena on August 22, 2021 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
PSG aren't said to be interested at present and with Real Madrid pushing to sign Kylian Mbappe, a return to Los Blancos is unlikely.
Ronaldo hasn't handed in a transfer request at Juventus but the club would accept an offer of €25 million (£21.4 million). However, the Premier League champions want to bring Ronaldo to the blue half of Manchester on a free.
Mendes will now work with the Juventus board in order to find the 'right conditions' for a deal and today's talks could prove 'decisive'.
Ronaldo spent six years at Manchester United between 2003 and 2009 and scored 118 goals so this deal would certainly cause a stir in the city.
Juventus would be interested in taking Gabriel Jesus as part of the deal but City have no intention of letting the Brazillian go.
There are obstacles to overcome before an agreement can be struck and Ronaldo could see his wages halved as part of the deal with City believed to have offered the five-time Champions League winner a two-year contract worth £12.8 million a year (£246,000-a-week).
This story is at an early stage but with the transfer deadline on Tuesday talks may rapidly progress.