Cristiano Ronaldo faces another season at Manchester United despite at least missing the start of the pre-season tour to Thailand.
helsea has not yet made a concrete decision about a change for the 37-year-old, but that will be left to Thomas Tuchel, who, according to the current impression, has little interest in a deal.
It means there isn’t a huge market for Ronaldo, despite super agent Jorge Mendes exploring possibilities, although sources close to the player insist the level of his own excitement has been exaggerated. This is particularly true of the idea of a “strike”.
While the Portuguese was concerned about the lack of activity at Old Trafford and wants to play in the Champions League, there is a real personal reason why he missed training, which of course hasn’t been reported for privacy reasons.
The club have accepted this and their consolation in the situation is shown by the fact that Ronaldo was still included in all the promotion of the new kit launch on Friday.
That only feeds into the much more relevant fact that they have reiterated that their stance has not changed and that he is not for sale.
United also don’t want to pursue a new No 9 if they have transfer priorities elsewhere.
However, the other side of this is that there aren’t that many potential buyers. Mendes has explored the possibility of a move and many clubs were at least willing to spearhead the discussion.
One of these is Chelsea and while the new owner was at least intrigued by the idea, the current policy amid a major overhaul at the club is to leave any transfer decision to Tuchel.
They don’t want a situation where they give the manager players he doesn’t want. A firm call to Ronaldo has not been made, but he is not on the German’s list of targets.
Mendes’ first round of talks was so unresponsive that they were willing to significantly reduce the player’s wage demands, but only a number of clubs – from Bayern Munich to Napoli – followed suit, publicly stating they were not interested.
It would take a significant shift from a club to change the situation.
United, meanwhile, are closer to Ajax’s £45m valuation for Lisandro Martinez, although this has been offset by some stimulus.
There is hope for an agreement, although a similar deal for Antony seems less likely as the Dutch club know how valuable the player can become.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/cristiano-ronaldo-faces-another-year-at-manchester-united-due-to-lack-of-interest-from-potential-buyers-41824847.html Cristiano Ronaldo faces another year at Manchester United due to a lack of interest from potential buyers