Noted journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on the future of Cristiano Ronaldo following reports of a move to Manchester City.
This comes off the back of him being on the bench for Juventus’ recent game against Udinese with some suggesting (Sky Italia, 22/8, 17:10) that it could have been down with a view to a potential move away from the Italian side before the end of the transfer window.
Speaking about the matter on his YouTube channel, Romano discussed the situation, clarifying the Udinese incident and also the wider issues surrounding a potential transfer to the Etihad Stadium:
“Cristiano decided together with Juventus manager [Massimiliano] Allegri and with the club to start on the bench because he was looking for other options on the market. It’s 100% confirmed.
“Jorge Mendes is trying with Manchester City. From what I’m told, it’s really, really, really difficult, really complicated, because Juventus want around €25m-30m to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, and Cristiano has a salary for €31m net per season with Juventus. So it’s really, really difficult [from] a financial point of view.
“Mendes is trying with Manchester City to find a solution, maybe to include some players in the deal, Juventus would love to have Gabriel Jesus, but at the moment, Manchester City have not given any green light for Gabriel Jesus to join Juventus in the deal for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“And also Raheem Sterling, another player with many discussions around him, but as of now, Manchester City have no top bid for a top player like Sterling.
“So that’s why the deal for Cristiano Ronaldo is really complicated.”
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So the deal is complicated when it comes to the financial side of it, but Romano didn’t seem to rule it out completely.
Let’s face it, when it comes to world football, alongside PSG, if there is any club that you would expect to make a deal like this happen, it would be Manchester City given the money that they have backing them. And given how much they were reportedly willing to put down for Harry Kane this summer, it’s not impossible to think they could make a deal for Ronaldo happen.
It’s now just a case of whether or not a deal can be reached before the end of the window, although with just a week left until it closes, it’s going to have to be done incredibly quickly, if indeed it gets done at all.