Manchester City in Talks to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. Portugal forward has less than one year of contract remaining. Manchester City is hoping to pull off a sensational attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who is under contract at Juventus until the summer of 2022.
Manchester City in Talks to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus:
The Portugal forward’s representative held talks with Juventus over a potential return to the Premier League. But is understood to be open to leaving the Serie A club; Juventus want at least £25m for the 36-year-old who was brought to the club in 2018
A meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and Juventus in Turin ended without any agreement on Thursday.
Juventus want to sell Ronaldo before his contract runs out next summer and he wants to leave.
No more meetings were scheduled on Thursday, with Mendes looking for a club willing to buy the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The city has yet to table a formal bid but it is understood they would like to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner on a free transfer and are willing to offer him a new two-year deal with a salary of £12.8m-per-season (€15m) having missed out on signing Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Manchester City has been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo and are interested in bringing him back to the Premier League.
Negotiations are ongoing, although personal terms of more than £250,000 a week are believed to have been discussed.
The city is the only club currently interested in signing Ronaldo, with Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester City is Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘only option’ at the moment if he is to leave Juventus this summer
The city has so far signed Jack Grealish for £100m this summer and Pep Guardiola would be happy to continue the season without any more signings.
He believes his squad is now even stronger than last season’s champions, but City is still prepared to sign a forward after missing out on Harry Kane.
Why Ronaldo Exit Would Help Juve Finances:
Ronaldo does not fit the profile of the player they are looking for, but they would consider signing him if the deal made sense from a sporting and financial perspective.
Ronaldo turned 36 in February and was unable to prevent Juventus from slumping to a fourth-place finish in Serie A last season but on an individual level, his output remains exceptional.
The 36-year-old scored 118 goals in 292 games for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.
Ronaldo has not directly communicated to the club that he wants to depart.
The 36-year-old has less than 12 months of his deal with the Italian club Allianz Stadium until June 2022 that is worth an estimated €31m a season after-tax.
Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is pushing for a move, while Juventus have also expressed an interest in signing Gabriel Jesus to be a part of the deal, but Pep Guardiola would like to keep Brazil forward having already lost Sergio Agüero from his squad.
Guardiola announced on Wednesday that he plans to leave City when his contract runs out in 2023.
Ronaldo representative discusses the former Manchester United forward’s future after weeks of speculation, Juventus understood to want a fee of between €25 and €30m.
True, his scoring feats are no longer at the level of his peak years at Real Madrid, when he regularly surpassed the 50-goal mark, but Ronaldo has netted 101 times in 134 games in all competitions for Juventus, an average of nearly 34 per season.
Ronaldo was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Juve’s Serie A opener against Udinese and left training on Wednesday with an arm injury.
Gabriele Marcotti on the Latest Transfer Talk Podcast:
“What we do know is that Juventus made big losses over the last two seasons [the club confirmed in April the first half of the 2020/2021 financial year closed with a loss of €113.7m, added to a loss of €50.3m in the first half of the previous financial year]. This is a club listed on the stock exchange and cannot run themselves as if they were a money pit.
“It’s not Ronaldo’s fault they lost all that money, obviously it’s Covid and other poor decisions they made, but the reality is Ronaldo earns about €65m per season gross, which works out at around £60m – over £1m a week.
“He has a year left on his contract; a year from now they would lose him for nothing. While they are not going to come out and say they wouldn’t mind if Ronaldo left, they are also mindful of the fact that if he did leave it would make it easier for them to immediately embark on their rebuilding.
“The flip side is Ronaldo stays and then a year from now they will lose him for nothing because it is going to be very difficult for Juventus to extend his deal unless he takes a huge pay cut. That’s the uncomfortable situation they are in.”
Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer News:
Ronaldo is not the explosive winger he once was. Instead, he has become a clinical, goal-poaching presence in the central striking role, where his aerial prowess is particularly dangerous.
The figures involved in any potential deal to take him to the Etihad Stadium would be eye-watering but Ronaldo’s numbers show that even at 36, he still brings a guarantee of goals – and that is precisely what Pep Guardiola is looking for.
Age has not blunted his goalscoring instincts and it doesn’t seem to have made him any less robust either. Across his three full seasons in Turin, he has only missed 17 Serie A games out of 114. He remains ever-present for the Portuguese national team too.
Ronaldo, who spent six seasons at Old Trafford after signing from Sporting Lisbon as a teenager, was linked with a return to Real Madrid this month but released a statement criticising what he called “frivolous” speculation over his future.
he wrote on Instagram,
“My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines,”
“It’s in the museum at the Bernabéu stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club. And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for ‘merengue afición’, affection and respect that I retain to this day and that I will always cherish. I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.”