A Man Utd insider speaks of the reaction to Cristiano Ronaldo’s early exit from Old Trafford on Sunday, while Everton get a boost in a Chelsea raid – both in all the latest Transfer Gossip.
MAN UTD HEAT RISES ON RONALDO
Manchester United will not sanction Cristiano Ronaldo for leaving Sunday’s pre-season draw early – but a club insider has reportedly spoken of the disappointment over his actions.
The 37-year-old made his return to the squad for the 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford. Ronaldo played 45 minutes before new manager Erik ten Hag brought him off.
Ronaldo did not stay with the rest of the team and instead left Old Trafford before the final whistle.
He was not the only one to leave early, with his Portugal team-mate Diogo Dalot also deciding to depart before the match finished.
According to The Sun, United will not sanction either player. The Daily Star adds that the club have no problems with them leaving early. However, a club insider supposedly told the newspaper of the disappointment over Ronaldo’s actions.
“It is not a good look to leave early when you have been involved in the squad,” a source reportedly said.
“It is different if you are up in the stands and not involved. You would expect someone who has played in the game to be in the changing rooms at the end to listen to the manager’s thoughts.
“Also a lot of people were there to see him and he was not even involved in the clapping of the fans after the final whistle.”
Jorge Mendes optimistic about Ronaldo to Atletico Madrid
Jorge Mendes is optimistic about Cristiano Ronaldo sealing a move to Atletico Madrid this summer.
The development comes amid Ronaldo’s desire to leave Man Utd and seek a return to the Champions League.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, is trying to find his star client a new club. And The Sun reiterates that Mendes has told United that all they need to do is name their price as he has an offer on the table.
But United have continued to insist that Ronaldo is not for sale. They expect the former Real Madrid man to complete the second year of his two-year deal.
BATSHUAYI OPEN TO EVERTON MOVE
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is willing to listen to Everton interest as the Toffees look to raid Stamford Bridge, a report has claimed.
The Belgian moved to west London in 2016 from Marseille but has failed to make his mark under any of the managers at Chelsea since then.
Instead, he has gone out on five loan spells including two stints at Crystal Palace. With only one year left on his Chelsea contract, though, the Blues are now looking to shift him for good.
Previous reports talked of Everton interest in Batshuayi as they look to replace Richarlison, who has gone to Tottenham.
And according to talkSPORT, Batshuayi is open to a move to Goodison Park as he looks to revive his career.
At 28, the striker wants to find a permanent new home to enjoy the prime years of his career. He fancies the idea of being a main man at Everton as they look to climb back up the Premier League table.
Batshuayi is also looking to get back in peak form ahead of the World Cup. He has a solid record on the international stage having scored 25 goals from 45 caps.
Batshuayi has only played 77 times for Chelsea, scoring 25 goals.
TRANSFER GOSSIP – SCHMEICHEL CLOSE TO LEICESTER EXIT
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is reportedly closing in on a move to Nice.
The Denmark international has spent 11 years with the Foxes and proved instrumental in their 2016 Premier League title triumph.
However, at 35 he wants a new challenge as he enters the final stages of his career.
The Daily Mail therefore reports that Schmeichel is to undergo a medical with French club Nice this week.
Brendan Rodgers left the stopper out of Leicester’s squad for their pre-season friendly against Sevilla on Sunday.
The manager said after the Foxes’ 1-0 win: “There’s been a little bit of interest over the summer.
“Kasper has earned the right to have a think about the next chapter of his career and where that’s going to be. When there’s something concrete, we’ll sit and discuss it, and take it from there.”
Schmeichel has played 478 games for Leicester since his move from Leeds United in 2011.