The five-time Ballon D’or winner is reportedly hopeful he can still secure a move back to the Premier League and back to Manchester – only this time, in the colours of Man City
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Cristiano Ronaldo is rumoured to still be optimistic over the prospect of him joining Manchester City before the transfer window closes this summer, despite Pep Guardiola’s side showing very little interest in getting a deal over the line.
Ronaldo has reportedly made little secret of his desire to call time on his stay in Turin after joining Juventus three years ago and views City as his ideal destination.
City however, are still reeling from a huge blow in their pursuit of Tottenham star Harry Kane as the England skipper took to social media to confirm he will be staying put in North London, for “this summer” at least.
Cristiano Ronaldo is thought to favour a departure from Juventus after three years in Italy. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images) While Ronaldo pushes for a move to the Etihad, City are left to prowl the market for Kane alternatives after spending the majority of the summer locked in negotiations with Spurs only to fall short with less than a week of the window to go.
Ronaldo’s Juventus contract expires as of next summer, but the Serie A side are keen to generate some cash from his departure rather than allow him to walk out on a free in less than 12 months time.
Currently on an astronomical wage of £500,000 per week, Juventus are working with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes to find the former Real Madrid man a new club that would be willing to not only take on his wages but also pay the Italian outfit a £25m transfer fee.
According to Sky Italy, City would be willing to secure Ronaldo’s signature via a free transfer, as well as offering him a two-year contract, with a salary of £12.8m-per-season (€15m) – but are against the idea of a £25m fee.
Guardiola is thought to be happy with the prospect of continuing the rest of the season with the squad he currently has and does not view the signing of Ronaldo as an essential one.
A switch to City for Ronaldo would generate headlines for a number of reasons, most obviously for his former ties to their fierce rivals Manchester United, for whom he bagged 118 goals in 292 games over the course of six years between 2003 and 2009.
The Portuguese star has returned to Old Trafford in the colours of both Real Madrid and Juventus to receive a hero’s welcome, but the mood could prove somewhat more hostile if he was donning the sky blue of City.
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Cristiano Ronaldo spent six years at City’s rivals Man Utd. ( Image:
PA) Though it is widely believed Ronaldo harbours aspirations of leaving Juventus this summer, he is yet to communicate that to the club hierarchy directly.
Given City are the only club keeping tabs on Ronaldo’s situation, Juventus have reportedly pitched the idea of Guardiola’s side using Gabriel Jesus as part of a makeweight in the deal, though those at the top over at the Etihad are adamant the Brazilian will stay put.