Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has opened talks over a surprise transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, claims a report in France.
Juventus’ elimination from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for the second year in succession has not gone down well with Ronaldo.
Their away-goals defeat to Lyon saw Ronaldo left distraught on the pitch – around 16 months after Ajax dumped them out in 2019.
And that has lead to the 35-year-old “seriously questioning his future at Juventus” and his even prompted Jorge Mendes to hold talks with PSG sporting director Leonardo.
That is the news via Foot Mercato, who now claim Ronaldo could be heading to Paris after two years in Turin.
The French outlet are the second source to suggest Ronaldo could be moving on.
In June, according to Milan’s Radio Rossonera Ronaldo was linked with a Serie A exit to ease their financial burden on Juve due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Journalist and Radio Rossonera director Pietro Balzano Prota tweeted at the end of May that “different sources” had suggested that Ronaldo could part ways with Juventus in the summer.
Prota then tweeted a similar suggestion in June and claimed he is looking into the rumours that “are not yet to be classified as concrete news”.
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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli dismissed the talk earlier this week.
“He’s going to stay with us,” Agnelli told Sky Sport. “I’m sure that Cristiano will play for Juventus next season. He’s a pillar of this team.”
Foot Mercato though claim Mendes is exploring options for Ronaldo and is destined to meet up with Leonardo in Lisbon ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals.
The outlet also claim Ronaldo’s sister wrote on Instagram: “You were better than anyone. I am proud to see you play and to see your involvement. But unfortunately, you can’t do it all on your own. It is even impossible! You know football is like that, but also that you gave your best, and you are still the best player. ”
The lure of Paris is getting stronger with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar pushing their claims in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Ronaldo has also just seen his third manager at the Turin club with Andrea Pirlo replacing Maurizio Sarri, who had only been in charge for 12 months after replacing Max Allegri.
Ronaldo, who moved for €100m from Real Madrid in July 2018, has rolled back the years this season and hit 37 goals in 46 games in all competitions.