The transfer rumours have been swirling for several days, with reports suggesting that Juventus and Atletico Madrid are the front runners to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid superstar has been in Portugal for family reasons. While he has not yet played a competitive game in the Premier League, the reports suggest that the Portuguese international will miss the start of the season. Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag, however, has insisted that he does see Cristiano Ronaldo in his first-team plans for the future.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent has met with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly
There has been plenty of speculation that Manchester United’s agent Jorge Mendes has met with Chelsea co-owner Todd Bohly in Portugal to discuss a possible transfer. But it seems Boehly never hinted that Chelsea were actively seeking the signing of Ronaldo. In addition, Boehly has been appointed interim sporting director, a role which he hasn’t held for long. But it’s likely that Chelsea are keen to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, despite his emotional attachment to Manchester United.
The two sides met in Lisbon to discuss the possibility of signing Ronaldo. While the Portuguese international had already met with Boehly in London, it’s unclear if he would sign for the Blues. But if he signs for Chelsea, he could prove to be a great signing for the club. As a former Barcelona player, Ronaldo would provide a boost to the Blues’ attack.
Mendes’ meeting with Boehly is a good sign for the club. The new owner has an eye on making a statement and bringing in a world class player. Chelsea could use the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to boost their fan base, but a deal with Ronaldo would be complicated by Manchester United’s ties to the club.
Last week, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met in Portugal. They discussed Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United and at Chelsea. It’s clear that Ronaldo loves Manchester United but has concerns about his future with the club. Chelsea haven’t made a bid, but Manchester United are confident that the Portuguese international will stay at Old Trafford.
Atletico Madrid are said to be the frontrunners
Despite the interest of the Premier League giants, there are a number of hurdles Atletico Madrid must overcome before they entertain any bid for Ronaldo. For starters, they need to free up some money on their wage bill. To do this, Atletico have placed the French forward Antoine Griezmann on their transfer list. However, no serious suitor has been found for Griezmann.
In addition, Atletico need to clear EUR40 million in free transfers in order to sign Ronaldo. To meet this, they signed Axel Witsel and Nahuel Molina. Moreover, according to ESPN, PSG were interested in signing Ronaldo. However, PSG turned down the offer, which made Atletico pull out of the race.
But the rumours are not true. Diego Simeone of Atletico is reportedly keen to work with Ronaldo. Simeone is sure to be impressed by Ronaldo’s record. After all, he scored 24 goals in a single season for Manchester United last season. Meanwhile, no Atletico player scored more than 13 goals last season. But if Ronaldo does go to Manchester United, the transfer would ruin Real Madrid’s legacy as a club.
Meanwhile, Los Rojiablancos were the last option for Ronaldo. After Bayern Munich’s ill-fated deal for Robert Lewandowski, Atletico have emerged as potential destinations. Manchester United are also reportedly considering loaning Ronaldo to one of their rivals and receiving the transfer fee in the summer. In order to do so, they need to offload a key player.
While Real Madrid are the obvious frontrunners, it’s unlikely that any club will be willing to offer a huge fee for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. If Manchester United were willing to pay such a high price, then they wouldn’t hesitate to sign him. However, the rumor mills are already circulating.
Despite the speculation surrounding Ronaldo’s future, Manchester United are still the preferred destination for the Portugal international. Ronaldo’s contract expires in 2020, so it might be that he is forced to stay in Manchester for the remainder of his contract. However, Ronaldo has not joined Real Madrid’s pre-season tour in Australia and might be forced to serve his two-year contract in Manchester. Regardless of where he lands in the future, the club’s fans are happy he is staying with them.
Benzema is the one who has been the key player for Real Madrid since the Portuguese player arrived in the club. He has been a key element of their success in recent years and has become one of the team’s unsung heroes. With 450 goals in the bag, he is widely regarded as Real Madrid’s best attacking weapon against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Victor Osimhen has been a double-digit goal scorer in three leagues
The Nigerian international has been linked with a move to Manchester United after impressing in several trial periods with the Red Devils. A few months later, however, he failed to make an impression in Germany, and instead went on to play for Charleroi in Belgium. Osimhen scored 12 goals in his first season with the Belgian club before joining Lille for EUR81.3m in the summer of 2020. This move to Lille was a great one for the Italian club, as the former Wolfsburg striker is regarded as a player with enormous potential.
The talented Nigerian has a background of tough living in an area that includes one of Africa’s largest open-air dumps. He worked hard to support his family, selling bottled water on the streets to make ends meet. His mother died at a young age, but he never gave up his dream of becoming a professional footballer. His impressive record has seen him win the U-17 World Cup, and now he’s at Lille as a forward.
The Nigerian international made his full debut in September, and scored his first professional goal against Waasland-Beveren in a 2-1 win. He also netted his first UEFA Champions League goal, and assisted the tying goal against Chelsea in the previous game. The Nigerian is also tipped to win African Player of the Year shortly. Osimhen has scored five goals in four games this season, and is currently on track to score at least ten goals in his next three Ligue 1 appearances.
Despite the adversity, Osimhen has resisted injury for the last five matches and is looking good as ever. He’s had a thigh injury that halted his game against Roma, but has returned to the squad and has already scored three goals and provided an assist. Osimhen has taken a total of twenty shots with five on target, but his efforts have not been particularly threatening. He has missed two opportunities in his last five matches and has one goal from nine shots in those games. A high risk option, but one that may pay off in the end.