What is happening with Cristiano Ronaldo? We take a look at the what the English papers and European sources are claiming about the Real Madrid man.
A Bola were first to report on Friday that Ronaldo wanted to leave Spain and Real Madrid after being accused of tax avoidance and since then just about every source, credible and non-credible have reported that story.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have been all linked with a move for the a player.
Monday’s Ronaldo round-up
Spanish publication Diario Gol have a different angle to everyone else and claim that Jose Mourinho “does not want to see” Ronaldo in Manchester. He, apparently, does not even want to see the “bust of the Portuguese” and wants nothing to do with his Portuguese compatriot with a rift from their Real days still fresh.
Mourinho is reported the think Ronaldo is a “player in decline”, but it’s the fall-out from their time in the Spanish capital that will stop Mourinho from entertaining Ronaldo’s Manchester return.
The piece claims Mourinho thinks Ronaldo was one of the “rotten apples” after attempting to “share costumes” with Mourinho at the Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013.
No chance of a return to Old Trafford then.
The Sun do not agree and suggest Ronaldo has told super-agent Jorge Mendes to “force through return” to Old Trafford.
Their report refers to “unfinished business” and Ronaldo returning as a hero to fire United to a title tilt.
They do however refer to the “complicated relationship” between the pair, but claim Mourinho will “bury the hatchet” to bring Ronaldo home.
Spanish outlet Marca have a slightly different angle and believe Zinedine Zidane has reached out to Ronaldo in an effort to “convince the player” to stay in Spain.
“The message from Zidane to his star forward was clear and he told Ronaldo that this current Real Madrid team could go on to win plenty more and that they needed him for his goals, but also his winning mentality,” reports the paper.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports sources confirm Ronaldo is “interested” in coming back to United. A source claims that the club “are very close to his heart”.
United are apparently monitoring proceedings and are aware United are “one of the very few clubs he would want to join”.
They have another base covered though and claim Ronaldo “tops Chinese Super League transfer wishlist”.
Career suicide for Ronaldo is very unlikely at this stage and China’s new measures only allow three foreign players, per team, per game, while a 100% tax has also been placed on clubs buying foreign players. A no-go then…
Yesterday’s Sunday Express had a bizarre claim that Chelsea would buy Ronaldo, essentially because Roman Abramovich is rich.
It was an exclusive and is still being reported in several places today. “Moneybags” Abramovich could fund a move for Ronaldo and appease Antonio Conte, who apparently has become upset at Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity.
“Chelsea’s canny backer will bank on even just an interest in Ronaldo would help allay Conte’s fears about the club’s summer transfers commitment, and heal increasingly damaging divisions over his text sacking of firebrand striker Diego Costa,” reads the report.
And finally the Daily Mirror just go for a simple maths sum. “De Gea + £175m = Ronaldo,” claims the tabloid.
So after spending three years trying to keep the Spain No. 1 now they “are ready to make keeper De Gea part of a world-record package” in a bid to get Ronaldo.
Tuttosport meanwhile are willing to pay £183m and trade De Gea for both Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.