Man United Reportedly Leads Cristiano Ronaldo Race After Juventus Confirms Exit

Man United reportedly leads Cristiano Ronaldo race After Juventus Confirms Exit: It appears to be a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer a Juventus player, but determining the identity of his next destination just got a lot more interesting. 

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Allegri said that Ronaldo’s departure from Juventus is imminent a day after reports that he had expressed his desire to be sold. Allegri made it obvious in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Ronaldo has indicated his desire to leave the club. As a result, he will not be available for selection against Empoli on Saturday, and he is no longer training with the club either. Ronaldo termed transfer speculation about his future “disrespectful” and “simply gossip” in an Instagram post a week ago. More than that, Allegri and Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved made it plain that the record-breaking goal scorer would not be leaving the club anytime soon when he was sitting out the opening game of the season (he came on as a substitute and appeared to score the match-winning goal in stoppage time, only to have it overruled by VAR). A year into his four-year contract with Juventus, Ronaldo is on the verge of switching teams.

That said, having an eager suitor is one thing. After failing in its bids to recruit Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Manchester City became the most likely destination on Friday. According to sources, Juventus wants €30 million ($35 million) for a player it bought from Real Madrid for €100 million in 2018. On the other hand, Ronaldo is 36 years old and is out of contract in June. A move to the blue side of Manchester was rumored for a day, but it appears that a spectacular return to the red side is now more plausible. City, according to multiple reports, is officially out of the running, leaving Manchester United as the surprising frontrunner for his signature.

After statements made by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at his pre-match press conference suggested that a spectacular return is suddenly possible, Manchester United entered the conversation on Friday evening.

“He is a legend of this club, the greatest player of all time if you ask me. I was fortunate enough to play with him. I coached him when I got my job,” Solskjaer, whose club has already bought Jadon Sancho and Raphaël Varane this summer, said. “He is such a tremendous human being as well. Let’s see what happens with Cristiano. Everyone who has played with him has a soft spot for him.

“We’ve always had good communication. Bruno (Fernandes) has been talking to him. He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we’re here.” 

Ronaldo, if he returns to United, will be looked upon to be the consistent scoring striker that he’s proved to be in the latter stages of his career. He has scored plenty of goals at Juventus, 101 in total (81 in Serie A, 14 in Champions League, six in domestic cups), but the club failed to get beyond the Champions League quarterfinals since he joined, and the sole motivation behind bringing him into a team that was already dominant domestically was to win the European championship. 

That never happened, and now Manchester United is evidently hoping he is the final piece to its puzzle to restore both domestic and continental glory at Old Trafford—even if he did not appear to be in the club’s plans this summer until just now. United was drawn into a Champions League group on Thursday with Villarreal, Atalanta, and Young Boys and was already considered a clear favorite to go through, regardless of whether Ronaldo joins the club or not. Ronaldo won one of his five Champions League titles with Manchester United in 2008.

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