Ronaldo names no.9 he wants Juventus to sign; could accelerate Lukaku deal

Date published: Tuesday 6th August 2019 1:17 - Matthew Briggs

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly given the green light for Juventus to pursue a transfer for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

Juve are looking for a no. 9 to play alongside Ronaldo next season as Maurizio Sarri attempts to guide the Old Lady to Champions League glory.

The Turin-based club have been heavily linked with Romelu Lukaku, but after United pulled out of a move for Paulo Dybala the swap deal has been shelved. And now Ronaldo is keen for Juve to go after Icardi with Juve’s attacking options thin on the ground.

Gazzetta dello Sport says that the former Real Madrid striker is not happy with Sarri’s options with uncertainty surrounding the futures of Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

Ronaldo has apparently told the Juve board that he sees a partnership with Icardi as ideal and Inter will be more than willing to do business for a player who is seen as a bad apple in Milan.

A series of incidents last season – including being stripped of the captaincy and a long-running contract saga that saw the 26-year-old dropped.

Inter director Beppe Marotta recently confirmed that Icardi is not in the club’s plans for next season and he has been linked with Manchester United.

The Milan club are prepared to pay €70million for United’s Romelu Lukaku, but they may well need to offload Argentina forward Icardi first.

Lukaku has not kicked a ball for United in pre-season and is currently training with Anderlecht in his homeland as Inter try and hammer out a deal for the forward.

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