Cristiano Ronaldo goes up for auction

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal with Manchester United. / EP

The Portuguese wants to play in the Champions League next season and Jorge Mendes has already met with Chelsea

Cristiano Ronaldo will be another year one of the names of the summer transfer market. The 37-year-old Portuguese footballer is not willing to stay a year without participating in the Champions League and is probing the market in search of a way out that allows him to continue playing for the continental top. Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Roma or Sporting de Portugal have already asked about a player who values ​​the possibility of a new change of scenery.

“Of course I count on Cristiano Ronaldo. He is very important for the club, he is a giant for everything he has shown and his great ambition, "said Erik Ten Hag, new coach of the 'red devils' for next season in an interview with the newspaper at the end of May ' From Telegraaf'. By then, Manchester United was already immersed in one of its recurring crises, practically saying goodbye to the next Champions League and the ghost of the goodbye of its greatest star hovered over Old Trafford. CR7 ruminated on the possibility of jumping ship towards a team that would allow him to continue in the 'elite'.

Today that ghost is getting bigger. Cristiano Ronaldo has already been offered by super agent Jorge Mendes to some of Europe's biggest clubs. The prestigious representative called the Bayern Munich offices as a possible replacement for Lewandowski's departure, but found that the Germans already had Sadio Mané tied up, and since then they have started the calls in the Premier League.

Chelsea seems at the moment the team most interested in having the star from Madeira. The 'blues' have started a reconstruction, with a change of tycoon included, and are looking for a blow after Lukaku's almost certain departure to Inter Milan. CR7 would be that figure for the Londoners, while for the player it would be an opportunity to continue in one of the most important leagues and in a team that aspires to win everything. Not in vain, just two seasons ago he was champion of the Champions League, the title that the Portuguese star is pursuing to become the most successful in this competition along with Paco Gento with six wounds.

Cristiano Ronaldo's situation this summer bears similarities to the one he starred in just a year ago. Manchester United, as Juventus did, flatly refuses to say goodbye to a capital footballer in the squad. The man from Madeira scored 24 goals last season, more than anyone in the 'red devils' team, a club that needs its main star to recover lost ground.

The Italians staged a tug-of-war with the Madeira star until they finally opened up to negotiations and an auction began that ended with the two Manchester teams in a dispute that ended with the footballer at Old Trafford. Today that bid has Chelsea in the lead waiting for Jorge Mendes to start shaking the shaker. Few like him are able to do it.

The alternatives

Continuity in Manchester or the possibility of ending up at Chelsea are the most feasible options for Cristiano at the moment, but they are not the only ones. Jorge Mendes has already explored the possibility of the player returning to Serie A and has considered options such as joining Roma, a club that is making a strong investment at the hands of the Friedkin Group and where he would meet again with José Mourinho.

On the table is also a hypothetical return to Sporting de Portugal, an alternative, that of returning home to finish his career, which has never been ruled out by the Portuguese and not by a club that awaits him with open arms. «I would love for him to finish his career here, at home. He represents a lot for us, he is a world ambassador », said Bruno de Carvalho, president of Sporting.

The last option and perhaps the most unlikely given the winning character of Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave the main stage and opt for a less competitive league. That is what David Beckham and Inter Miami offer him. According to the 'Daily Star' media outlet, the former English soccer player has already contacted the Manchester United player, but has been met with the player's refusal. There he could face his former teammate Gareth Bale, recently signed by Los Angeles FC.

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