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Manchester City pull out of Cristiano Ronaldo swoop

By Conor Laird Published: August 27, 2021 2:44 pm

Last Updated: August 27, 2021 3:17 pm

Yet another remarkable update in the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer saga has been forthcoming on Friday afternoon.

City links The name of 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has of course taken centre stage in the media over the last 24 hours.

This comes as the Portuguese attacker pushes for a departure from Serie A heavyweights Juventus before the transfer window slams shut next week.

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, meanwhile, Bianconeri boss Max Allegri confirmed that CR7 is indeed primed for an imminent exit:

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri: “Cristiano Ronaldo told me yesterday that he wants to LEAVE Juventus immediatly. It’s true and confirmed. This is why he wasn’t training today and he’s not available for tomorrow match vs Empoli”. 🚫🇵🇹 #Ronaldo #Juve pic.twitter.com/Zr3W5tWYcF

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2021

In turn, one club and one club only were initially named as a realistic landing spot for Ronaldo.

After missing out on a deal for Harry Kane, Manchester City, in desperate need of reinforcements up top, were said to be ready to lure the 36-year-old back to the Premier League.

Some outlets even went as far as to suggest that an offer to Juventus was imminent:

Manchester City will bid €30/$35M for Cristiano Ronaldo tomorrow, per @DiMarzio. pic.twitter.com/Yg4RpAorB4

— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 26, 2021

Old Trafford bound? The early hours of Friday, however, have seen the CR7 saga twist in an almost unimaginable new direction.

Incredibly, as per a host of reliable sources across the English media, Manchester United have now opened negotiations with their one-time prodigal son, over a sensational return to Old Trafford:

Manchester United closing in on a deal to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford – latest updates ⤵️https://t.co/SEt6825tMZ

— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 27, 2021

Not only that, but the Red Devils look set to have a free run at Ronaldo’s signature, with City now widely understood to have pulled out of the race for the veteran hitman:

Told Manchester City will not be signing Cristiano Ronaldo. They considered the possibility but decided against.

— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) August 27, 2021

Manchester United’s need for midfield reinforcements clear as McTominay undergoes surgery Rafa Benitez makes Richarlison transfer claim following links to PSG & provides Everton team news update before Brighton This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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