A shock return to the Premier League appears on the horizon as Cristiano Ronaldo has told Juventus he wants to leave.
Cristiano Ronaldo, through his agent Jorge Mendes, has reportedly told Juventus he wishes to leave the club this summer.
12 years after leaving Manchester United, Ronaldo could be about to return to the Premier League. His agent, Mendes, has approached Manchester City for a surprise move. The Citizens may make a two-year contract offer to CR7 worth €15 million per season (£12.8m) after missing out on Harry Kane.
City are reluctant to pay a transfer fee for a 36-year-old Ronaldo, but Sky Sports claim the Premier League champions could make a £25 million (€29.1m) offer ‘within the next 24 hours’.
Juventus want around €28m-€30m for Ronaldo
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is under contract until next summer and Juventus aren’t in a charitable mood. The Bianconeri are adamant CR7 is going nowhere unless they can pocket around €28m-€30m. They are currently waiting to hear from City, who are yet to launch an official bid.
Mendes confirmed Ronaldo’s desire to leave Juventus in a meeting with the club on Thursday but still couldn’t strike an agreement over an exit for his client. He returned to Portugal on the same day and is now discussing a contract with City.
Gianluca Di Marzio has added that Ronaldo has already emptied his locker room at Juventus’ training center. The Portuguese ace plans to say goodbye to his teammates on Friday.
Talks for CR7 replacement begin
Rather than allow Ronaldo to leave for free next summer, Juventus would prefer to sell him. The Bianconeri have already begun searching for a new forward to replace him.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Moise Kean could be the man to replace Ronaldo. Juventus have approached Everton over re-signing the striker. His agent, Mino Raiola, is ‘taking over the negotiations’.
City striker Gabriel Jesus is another player that interests Juventus, but Pep Guardiola would like to keep the Brazil international.