Manchester United should be in no danger of Cristiano Ronaldo steering Joao Felix away from joining the club, according to a transfer insider.
Ronaldo’s second exit from Old Trafford was an explosive one. Things did not look to be in bad shape between the two parties when the striker notched 18 Premier League goals in his first season back.
However, a lack of Champions League football meant Ronaldo wanted out. That, coupled with a new manager, was the start of the end for his United career.
Indeed, Erik ten Hag offered Ronaldo just four league starts. Marcus Rashford – who scored just four league goals last season – has been preferred to lead the line on a number of occasions.
Ronaldo has clearly taken issue to a lot of the decisions Ten Hag has made. The Portuguese refused to come on as a late substitute in a win over Tottenham in October.
He then called out his manager, as well as a lot of elements of the club, in a destructive interview.
That was ultimately the last straw, as United and Ronaldo mutually agreed to end his contract.
As such, the Red Devils now have a couple of options. They can stick with the strikers they already have at their disposal – Rashford and Anthony Martial – or attempt to snare a new signing in January.
Felix signing not affected by Ronaldo
It looks likely that it might be the latter. Indeed, the club have been linked with a number of quality attackers that they could soon move for.
Atletico Madrid striker Felix looks a likely option. Recent reports have stated that the La Liga outfit are ‘ready to sell’ and £86million will be enough to land the striker.
United would surely have no problems in spending that fee. Especially since they are not shelling out millions on Ronaldo’s mammoth contract.
However, there might be an issue facing their pursuit of Felix. That his Portugal teammate left in such ugly fashion could make him think twice about a potential move.
Transfer insider Dean Jones has stated that will not be the case, though.
“I don’t think it would really impact, no. Ronaldo has got his own reasons for things not working out at Man United, I think Joao Felix, the stage of his career, the type of player he is is quite different,” he told GIVEMESPORT.
“And he’d have to have his own reasonings as to what his next club was going to be, and if he was to turn down something like Man Utd, he’d have a big reason as to why he feels that’s not the case.”
Of course, Felix will have heard Ronaldo’s comments on United in his interview before he left the club. However, it would be unlikely if those, and the exit itself, were enough to deter him from moving.
As Jones says, he would need to have his own reasons against the move. Given United are interested, and Felix seems keen on finding a new club, heading to Old Trafford might well represent a good challenge.
United will likely face a contest from Paris Saint-Germain, who are also interested, among other clubs.