Manchester City have been offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who has a contract with Juventus until the summer of 2022 but is said to be open to leaving the Serie A club; Juventus want at least £25m for the 36-year-old, who was brought to the club in 2018
A meeting between the representatives of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jorge Mendes and Juventus in Turin ended without any agreement on Thursday.
Juventus want 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 meetings are scheduled for Thursday, with Mendes looking for a club willing to buy the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Manchester City have had the opportunity to sign Ronaldo and are interested in bringing him back to the Premier League, according to Sky in Italy.
But City want to sign him on a free transfer and are willing to offer him a two-year contract, with a salary of £12.8m per season (€15m).
City have so far signed Jack Grealish for £100m this summer and Pep Guardiola will be happy 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 set to sign the striker in the wake of Harry Kane’s absence.
Ronaldo doesn’t fit the profile of the player they are looking for, but they would consider signing him if the deal makes sense from a sporting and financial perspective.
The 36-year-old scored 118 goals in 292 games for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.
Ronaldo did not directly communicate with the club he wanted to leave. His current contract at Allianz Stadium runs until June 2022 and he is earning 31 million euros a year after tax.
City are the only club currently interested in signing Ronaldo, with Paris Saint-Germain not.
Ronaldo’s agents are pushing for a move, while Juventus want to sign Gabriel Jesus, but City are reluctant to sell the Brazil international striker.
Ronaldo was an unexpected omission in the starting lineup for Juve’s Serie A opener against Udinese and left training on Wednesday with an arm injury.
Sky Sports News ‘Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:
“The latest is that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus, he only has one year left on his contract. Juventus want him to leave because he is costing them about £1 million/week, after-tax salary around £500,000/week.
“His agent, Jorge Mendes, has been trying to find him a new club and there are very few clubs of his caliber that can buy someone like him – the clubs that we are working with. Speaking of PSG, Man City.
“There have been reports today Man City are very close to agreeing to sign him, but that is not our information. Our information is that he has been provided to him. Man City, who missed out on signing Harry Kane, so they have the market ability to sign another term.
“However, Ronaldo is not at the age of the type of player they are normally after, he is 36 years old. Man City will look at that and consider that and if it makes sense from a sporting and financial perspective, That’s what they can expect.
“But the most important thing is the money – first Ronaldo’s £500,000-a-week salary and second, what Juventus are asking. They want £25m before letting him go, but they’re serious about it. to what extent?
“Another note of caution is that Mendes is going around trying to find a club for Ronaldo….”
Analysis: Ronaldo still have it?
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
Ronaldo turned 36 in February and couldn’t stop Juventus from falling to 4th place in Serie A last season but on an individual level his output is still exceptional.
True, his goalscoring record is no longer at his peak at Real Madrid, as he regularly surpasses the 50-goal mark, but Ronaldo has scored 101 goals in 134 games in all competitions for Juventus , an average of nearly 34 goals/match. Season.
Ronaldo is not the explosive winger he once was. Instead, he has become a clinical presence, hunting targets in a central strike role, where his aerial abilities are particularly lethal.
Age hasn’t dampened his scoring instinct and it doesn’t seem to have made him any less powerful. During his full three seasons in Turin, he missed just 17 Serie A games out of 114. He was still available for the Portuguese national team.
The numbers involved in any potential deals to bring him to the Etihad Stadium would be staggering but Ronaldo’s numbers show that even at 36, he still offers a guaranteed number of goals – and that’s exactly what Pep Guardiola is looking for.
Why Ronaldo’s departure will help Juve’s finances
Gabriele Marcotti on the latest Transfer Talk podcast:
“What we do know is that Juventus has suffered huge losses over the past two seasons [the club confirmed in April, the first half of the 2020/2021 financial year ended with a loss of 113.7 million euros, plus losses.” 50.3 million euros in the first half of the previous financial year] This is a club listed on the stock exchange and cannot run on its own as if they were a money-making hole.
“It’s not Ronaldo’s fault they lost all that money, obviously due to Covid and other bad decisions they’ve made, but the fact is Ronaldo earns around 65 million euros per season, works out to around £60m – in excess of £1m a week.
“He’s got a year left on his contract; a year from now, they won’t lose him. Leaving will make it easier for them to start rebuilding right away.
“The flip side is that Ronaldo stays and then a year from now they will lose him for nothing because it will be very difficult for Juventus to renew his contract unless he takes a huge pay cut. It’s a difficult situation. bear where they are.”
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