It sounds like Cristiano Ronaldo wishes to leave Manchester United for a second time this summer, but what we don’t know is where he will be playing his football next season.
The Red Devils have given the impression that their five-time Ballon d’Or winner wouldn’t be sold ahead of the new season, but Erik ten Hag has now had days to assess Ronaldo’s situation and it may depend heavily on how he feels about keeping hold of a potentially unhappy player.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has never been shy on the political front and it sounds like he wanted to cause drama late on in the transfer window for Manchester United by meeting with clubs behind their back to propose moves for his star client.
Chelsea are one of the clubs that Mendes met with this summer, but a fresh report from The Independent claims the Stamford Bridge outfit have not yet made a concrete decision on whether to make a move for Ronaldo.
Chief football writer, Miguel Delaney, ultimately claims that the 37-year-old is keen to play in the Champions League, but Mendes has so far found options limited which means Ronaldo could be facing up to another season at United.
The current feeling from Thomas Tuchel, who will reportedly be left to decide on Ronaldo, is that the manager has little interest in pursuing a deal for the player.
Delaney reports: “While the Portuguese has been concerned by the lack of activity at Old Trafford and wants to play in the Champions League, there is a genuine personal reason as to why he has missed training, which has naturally not been reported due to privacy issues.
“The club has accepted this, and their comfort with the situation is illustrated by the fact Ronaldo was still included in all the publicity for the launch of the new shirt on Friday.”
Despite reports elsewhere, it is also suggested by The Independent that United do not want to pursue a new No 9, when they have transfer priorities elsewhere.
This could cool talk of a surprise move for Brian Brobbey.