Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly considering moving back to Manchester…to join City, not United
According to multiple reports, Ronaldo is intent on doing exactly that this summer, which would see him join the likes of Carlos Tevez, Andy Cole, Peter Schmeichel, Denis Law and Owen Hargreaves in playing for both Manchester clubs.
The 36-year-old, who is in the final year of deal with Juventus, is understood to be seeking a move away from the Italian giants, and has sought out the only two clubs in the world who can pay his wages – which are as huge as his thigh muscles – to see if they would be willing to take him in.
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The two clubs are, of course, Man City and, more tantalisingly, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). But while seeing Ronaldo play alongside new recruit Lionel Messi at PSG would quite literally break the internet, it is believed that the French outfit are not interested in signing the Portuguese superstar. Yet.
This leaves Man City as the only other realistic option for Ronaldo, and he is reported to have instructed his agent, Jorge Mendes, to try and broker a move to the Citizens. And if you hear the sound of glass breaking now, that’s just the collective hearts of Man United fans shattering into a million pieces.
Man City, who are in desperate need of a natural goalscorer, have made no secret of their interest in Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. Spurs, however, have also made no secret of their interest in keeping Kane at the club, which, as you can imagine, poses quite the problem for Man City, who are aiming to capture the elusive Champions League trophy this season.
The answer to Man City’s striking woes could therefore come in the form of Ronaldo, although they are unwilling to pay the €25m (S$39.75m) transfer fee that Juventus are looking for.
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Ronaldo surprisingly did not start in Juventus’ opening Serie A fixture against Udinese this past weekend – which ended in a 2-2 draw – although he did come on as a substitute in the 59th minute and very nearly scored a dramatic winner in extra-time.
His absence from the starting line-up has only fuelled talks that Ronaldo is angling for a move away from Juventus, although manager Massimiliano Allegri insists that his star player will stay at the club this season.
“Ronaldo is an added bonus for us, because he guarantees a large number of goals. Obviously, we also have to work as a team to get the best out of an individual,” said Allegri.
“He has always trained well, I just read the gossip in the papers. He never told us he wanted to leave. Ronaldo told me that he is staying at Juventus.”
Ronaldo himself had previously declared that he would find it “very difficult” to bring himself to play for Man City, as he said in a 2013 interview: “To play for City not United? I’m not going to do that. Why? Because my heart is in Manchester United, that’s why.
“I can say it would be very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very difficult to play at Manchester City. Very difficult because of Manchester United.”
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He reiterated this point again in 2015, and added that even Man City’s financial might – which are as strong as Ronaldo’s thigh muscles – would not be enough to convince him to join them.
“You think the money now is going to change my mind (about joining Man City)?” Ronaldo scoffed. “I don't think so. I think this is not going to be a problem. If you will speak about the money then I will go to Qatar, I'd probably have more money there than at Manchester City. It is not about the money; it is about the passion.”