Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to turn back on €500m offer in favour of curious Premier League stay

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, October 2022

Former Premier League player Momo Sissoko believes Cristiano Ronaldo will “stay in England” rather than accept Al Nassr’s lucrative offer, as he can “see him” at one club.

Following an unsavoury last few months at Manchester United, there has been much speculation on where Ronaldo will end up. Indeed, his last few months did not go swimmingly, and a move looked likely.

That was after he refused to come on as a substitute in one game, and then blasted the club in an interview.

Since then, it was mutually agreed that his contract at United would be cancelled. As such, the Portuguese heading to a new club is certain.

He is evidently still a player that can be very effective. That he was United’s top scorer with 18 Premier League goals upon his return to Old Trafford highlighted that.

A lot of clubs will have taken notice of that, and may have him in their plans.

Chelsea, Newcastle United and even Real Madrid are among the sides that have been linked with the star.

A move to any of those sides might make sense. Indeed, Ronaldo’s people have reportedly “made it clear” he wants to remain in Europe for “at least” another 18 months.

Sissoko tips Ronaldo for Newcastle move

One of those sides is most likely to snare Ronaldo, thinks former Premier League man Sissoko, as he believes the forward will remain in England.

“In my opinion he will stay in England and I see him at Newcastle. Only they have the money to be able to afford him in Europe, at least among the teams interested in him,” he told Il Bianconero.

Indeed, the Magpies would be able to afford his wages. Ronaldo is likely not too motivated by a desire to play in the Champions League anymore, either.

That was one of the reasons he wanted to leave United in the summer. However, he does not have much negotiating power given his exit from the Old Trafford outfit.

With that being said, though, Newcastle are currently in the Champions League places. If they continue on their current path, they could well secure a spot in Europe’s elite competition.

That could mean they gain the attention of Ronaldo. That would be big on its own, given the striker has a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr on the table.

Ronaldo not a good fit for Newcastle

Whether or not the Portuguese would be a good fit for Newcastle remains to be seen. The Magpies are building a tidy squad, with a lot of good pieces, but no real big-name stars.

That is likely one of the reasons they have been so good this season. Each player is working for each other, and there is a real team bond at the club.

Signing a big personality like Ronaldo could affect that chemistry.

As such, it might well be that Newcastle decide to dodge the transfer. Perhaps the only reason he is being linked with the club is their financial might.

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