Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the Italian club, and Ronaldo has reportedly boarded his private jet as his agent and multiple clubs negotiate over his future.
Manchester City has been his presumed destination for over 24 hours now, with multiple reports suggesting a deal between Ronaldo, Juventus and the reigning Premier League champions was gaining momentum.
But on Friday, a new suitor joined the fray. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters at a news conference that United has “had a bit of communication” with Ronaldo. Fabrizio Romano reported that United has had contact with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and is “seriously interested” in reuniting with the 36-year-old Portuguese star.
“I didn’t think Cristiano would leave Juventus,” Solskjaer said. “If he ever wants to move away from Juventus, he knows we are here.”
“For me he is the greatest player of all time,” Solskjaer continued. “We have had a bit of communication and I know [United midfielder] Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. There’s been a lot of speculation the last few days.
“Let’s see what happens with Cristiano, he’s a legend of this club. I played with him and coached him. He’s a tremendous human being. Let’s see what happens with Cristiano.”
As Solskjaer was giving his regularly scheduled news conference, across town, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was giving his. And Guardiola was more coy, saying that “there are many things that are far away.”
“All I can say is, with three or four days left [in the transfer window], everything can happen,” he said. “But in my personal view there are few players — Ronaldo included — where they decide where they’re going to play.”
Guardiola said he was “delighted with the squad we have and we will stay the same.” He later said that “Cristiano will decide where he wants to play, not Manchester City, not myself.”
Which is mostly accurate, though not entirely. Reports Thursday night suggested that Ronaldo, via his agent, and City had agreed to the terms of a contract that he’d sign if he were to move from Juventus to City. (Other reports, though, have suggested there is no agreement yet.)
But every transfer requires at least two agreements anyway: one between a player and his new club, one between his old club and his new club. Juventus and City would have to agree on a transfer fee — or a lack of one, which has been a possibility, given Ronaldo’s astronomical wages and his desire to leave — if Ronaldo is going to join the fifth professional club of his storied career, and that hasn’t happened yet.
Meanwhile, United, whom Ronaldo previously played for from 2003 to 2009, could negotiate with Juventus. Juventus could decide to sell Ronaldo to United, and not to City. Romano reported that the United board of directors was in discussions about the transfer fee and salary required to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.
But Ronaldo would not be forced to join United if he would rather join City.
It’s all one big web of negotiations between at least four different parties, and likely many more. Some reports suggested it could be resolved on Friday. It will have to be resolved by the time the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.
This story will be updated as the Ronaldo situation develops.
Source: Yahoo Sports