Manchester City were offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who is under Juventus until the summer of 2022 but is open to leaving the Serie A club; Juventus want at least £ 25m for the 36-year-old who joined the club in 201
A meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and Juventus Turin ended without an agreement on Thursday.
Juventus wants to sell Ronaldo before his contract expires next summer and he wants to leave.
But the Italian club want £ 25m before letting Ronaldo go.
No further meetings were planned on Thursday as Mendes looked for a club willing to buy the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Manchester City have been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo and are keen to bring him back to the Premier League, according to Sky in Italy.
But City would like to sign him on a free transfer and is ready to offer him a two-year deal with a salary of £ 12.8m per season (€ 15m).
City have signed Jack Grealish for £ 100m so far this summer and Pep Guardiola would like to continue the season without any further signings.
He believes his squad is now even stronger than last season’s champions, but City are still ready to sign a striker after missing out on Harry Kane.
Ronaldo doesn’t fit the profile of the wanted player but they would consider signing if the deal made sense from a sporting and financial point of view.
The 36-year-old scored 118 goals in 292 games for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.
Ronaldo did not inform the club directly that he wanted to leave. His current contract at the Allianz Stadium runs until June 2022 and he earns 31 million euros a year after taxes.
City are the only club currently interested in signing Ronaldo, with Paris Saint-Germain not in the picture.
Ronaldo’s representatives are pushing for a move while Juventus are looking to sign Gabriel Jesus as part of the deal, but City are unwilling to sell the Brazilian international.
Ronaldo was surprisingly missing from the starting line-up of Juve’s Serie A opener against Udinese and left training on Wednesday with an arm injury.
Analysis: does Ronaldo still have it?
Nick Wright from Sky Sports:
Ronaldo turned 36 in February and couldn’t prevent Juventus from slipping to fourth in Serie A last season, but on an individual level his performance remains exceptional.
True, his goalscoring performance is no longer at the level of his peak years at Real Madrid, when he consistently exceeded the 50-goal mark, but Ronaldo has scored 101 goals in 134 games in all competitions for Juventus, averaging nearly 34 goals this season.
Ronaldo is no longer the explosive winger he once was. Instead, in the central striker role, he has become a clinical, goal-seeking presence, where his flying skills are particularly dangerous.
Age has not blunted his goal instinct, nor does it seem to have made him any less robust. In his three full seasons in Turin, he only missed 17 out of 114 Serie A games. He also remains omnipresent for the Portuguese national team.
The numbers for a possible deal that would get him to the Etihad Stadium would be staggering, but Ronaldo’s numbers show that he still has a goal guarantee at 36 – and that’s exactly what Pep Guardiola is looking for.
Why Ronaldo’s leaving would help Juve’s finances
Gabriele Marcotti in the current Transfer Talk podcast:
“What we do know is that Juventus have made huge losses over the last two seasons [the club confirmed in April that the first half of the 2020/2021 financial year had a loss of 113.7 million from the first half of the previous financial year] This is a listed association and cannot operate like a money mine.
“It’s not Ronaldo’s fault they lost all that money, obviously it’s Covid and other bad decisions they made, but the reality is that Ronaldo is making about 65 million euros a season gross which is about 60 million pounds equates to – more than a million pounds a week.
“He’s got one year left on his contract; in a year they’d lose him for nothing. They won’t come out and say they wouldn’t mind if Ronaldo leaves, but they are also aware of the fact that if they do he left, it would be easier for them to begin rebuilding immediately.
“The downside is that Ronaldo is staying and in a year they will lose him for nothing because it will be very difficult for Juventus to renew his contract unless he takes a huge cut in his salary. That is the uncomfortable situation in where they are. “
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