Juventus have reportedly expressed interest in a player swap. Intermediaries involved in the Ronaldo transfer have suggested a swap deal between the two clubs. Though a deal between Ronaldo and Pogba has not officially been discussed, players close to the situation have not ruled it out. However, the deal still needs to be finalised if Juventus want to retain Ronaldo.
Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United
It seems unlikely, but it is still possible for Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United this season. He is a free agent this summer and has not yet signed a contract extension with the Red Devils. Reports suggest that the Frenchman is targeting Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Real Madrid. Manchester United hierarchy have been feeling the lack of a contract with Pogba for several months now. With a lack of options for the Frenchman, the club hierarchy are prepared to let Pogba leave on a free transfer.
Juventus are said to be interested in signing the France international, but the Frenchman has not yet made a decision. Real Madrid, however, are monitoring the situation closely. If Juventus make an approach, Pogba could be out of Manchester United within a few weeks. However, there are other possibilities. Real Madrid are rumoured to have made an offer for Aurelien Tchouameni, but have yet to follow through on that.
Despite being linked with several top clubs, Manchester United have been keen to keep the France international. The club have even said that they are prepared to pay PS500,000 a week for him. This would make him the highest-paid player in Premier League history. It’s worth noting that Manchester City have also included Pogba in their midfield shortlist. This would help them replace Fernandinho at the end of the season.
The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the season and his future at Manchester United is uncertain. The club wants to resolve the situation by Christmas as they don’t want the contract negotiations to drag on beyond the festive period. Further, Man United do not want the contract negotiations to distract the team from playing their games. So, if Paul Pogba does decide to leave the club, they would be willing to sell him in January.
Ralf Rangnick’s plans for Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has refuted criticism that he has been too soft on Cristiano Ronaldo’s poor season. Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 39 games for United, but the Portuguese has received criticism for not pressing high up the pitch. The manager’s style has been criticised in the past, but he defended his decision in this instance. The two have worked together in the past, so he will understand the importance of pressing high up the pitch.
Manchester United’s lack of success this season can be traced back to a glaringly obvious problem – the team has no plan. This season has been a disaster, with the club finishing with the worst Premier League record in history. The lack of direction at the top is to blame for the poor form of Manchester United. Rangnick has a plan, but there is still much to do.
If the Portuguese international had to leave Manchester United, it would be a blow to the team’s title hopes, but Ralf Rangnick is confident he can find a new manager in a few months. Ten Hag’s philosophy is to play high-pressing football and he may not be suited to Ronaldo’s style. However, the Norwegian isn’t sure about the future of Ronaldo, and Rangnick says it’s best to ask Ten Hag about this.
“If Ralf Rangnick were to get the job at Manchester United, he would certainly want to keep Ronaldo as a key player. The Portuguese international has been a saviour to United this season, with 18 goals in 29 Premier League games. However, he has never wanted to play as a central striker. The manager should talk to Cristiano and ask him how he thinks he should be playing.
Chelsea’s interest in signing a Serie A midfielder
Reports from Italy indicate that Inter Milan are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The Argentinian joined Chelsea’s youth academy in 2004 and has spent the entire professional career at the club. However, despite being rated highly by Chelsea fans, Loftus-Cheek has found it difficult to nail down a first team place under new manager Frank Lampard.
In a bid to secure a new signing, Chelsea are looking to sign a Serie A midfielder. According to Serie A media, the Blues are monitoring the 18-year-old’s progress. According to reports, Chelsea have already sent scouts to Italy to monitor Rovella’s progress. Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to sign a young player and may be interested in signing Locatelli.
Adrien Rabiot is another player who may be available this summer. The Argentine has made 45 appearances for Juve this season, accumulating the fourth highest number of minutes in Serie A. Rabiot’s contract expires in the summer of 2019, so a bid of around PS17m could be made to secure his services. Chelsea could also bid for Sevilla’s defender Jules Kounde, who is on the market for a new centre-back.
Emerson is another option for Chelsea to sign a Serie A midfielder. The Argentinian was not convinced about Chelsea’s interest in him in January, and the Italian club has set a ridiculous price tag for him. It’s likely that Chelsea and Arsenal will have to find another solution in the market. So, the Premier League might be the perfect time for Chelsea to sign a Serie A midfielder.
Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Ronaldo
While Juventus are desperate to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United are trying to sway the Portuguese star’s decision. The move opens up a new corridor for United, who can sign two or three players on his salary. Ronaldo would demand that everything is built around him, so Man Utd are willing to do a blockbuster swap for the midfielder.
Atletico Madrid are also interested in signing the Portugal international, but United can take advantage of this situation by recommending a blockbuster swap for Joao Felix. Felix has admirers at Old Trafford and would be a huge asset to any team in Europe. United boss Erik ten Hag has said that he wants to keep Ronaldo, but that the player’s discontent could damage the club’s season.
If Real Madrid are willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a blockbuster swap, they may just be able to sway the Spaniard. Atletico will have to offload Antoine Griezmann in order to take Ronaldo. The transfer is highly unlikely to happen this summer, but it is still a possibility. However, there is a high risk of further negotiations.
It is also worth noting that the Spanish superstar’s contract is ending at the end of this season. It is not a bad idea for Man Utd to push for a blockbuster swap as Ronaldo’s value is so high. The transfer could be a good deal for both sides. But it is not an easy move for the French international.
Hugo Ekitike’s future at Manchester United
The emergence of the PSG forward has opened up a new era for the former Arsenal and Reims winger. PSG have a loan agreement with Ekitike and an option to buy him next season, and the youngster has impressed in France, scoring 10 goals and providing three assists in his first season. With Ronaldo in such form, he is likely to become a regular in Christophe Galtier’s attack.
The Reims sensation is being tracked by Manchester United. A deal worth PS25.6 million is believed to be imminent, but Newcastle United remain the club’s preferred option, with negotiations continuing. The Telegraph also claim that Borussia Dortmund are interested in Ekitike, although work needs to be done to finalise the deal. Ekitike’s future at Manchester United is likely to depend on the situation of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract until 2025, his future remains uncertain. A deal with Juventus would be a major boost for United. Cristiano Ronaldo is now set to join Juventus after the season and has been warned he’ll be of no use without form. If the Italians sign him, he’ll be in a position to leave the club.
Although it’s still unclear what will happen to Ronaldo, the club has been consistent in denying that he wants to leave the club. But reports have claimed that the Portuguese international has expressed his desire to leave the club. The former Real Madrid star was unhappy with the lack of competition at Manchester United last season, and he told Rio Ferdinand that he felt let down by the lack of progress in the transfer market. With the club trying to address this problem, Hugo Ekitike’s future at Manchester United depends on the situation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo.