Manchester United would want the £12.9million they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo back in order to let the veteran leave Old Trafford, according to reports. It’s emerged the Portugal international is ready to depart, believing the club are unable to match his ambition. And Chelsea and Bayern Munich are the frontrunners for his signature at the current moment in time.
Manchester United re-signed Ronaldo from Juventus last August, beating Manchester City to the signature of the veteran at the time.
He then proceeded to score 24 goals across all competitions, including 18 in the Premier League, despite the club’s issues under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
According to The Times, United would want the £12.9m they paid Juventus back in order to contemplate letting their prized asset go.
The Red Devils also agreed to pay bonuses and add-ons to Juventus, which is believed to take the overall fee closer to £17m.
Chelsea have the finances required to strike a deal, with owner Todd Boehly recently holding talks with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.
United would likely loathe losing their No 7 to a direct Premier League rival, however, and a move to Stamford Bridge still looks unlikely.
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While that’s the case, however, Chelsea are on the lookout for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku – who has rejoined Inter Milan on loan just a year after returning to west London.
And with the Blues previously negotiating with United for Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, it’s feasible Ronaldo could still jump ship to the Red Devils’ rivals.
Bayern Munich are also in the hunt.
The Bundesliga giants are looking increasingly likely to lose Robert Lewandowski, with Barcelona pushing hard to sign the Poland international this summer.
And while they’ve already landed Sadio Mane, Ronaldo may be tempted by a move to Germany.
Having conquered England, Spain and Italy, it would enable the 37-year-old to play in a new league and challenge for the biggest honours once again.