Cristiano Ronaldo is into the final year of his contract at Juventus and the Turin club are keen to sell him but want £25m for the Portugal captain; 36-year-old has told Juventus he no longer wants to play for the club, according to Sky in Italy.
Friday 27 August 2021 14:52, UK
Manchester City are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
The Portugal captain, through his agent Jorge Mendes, has told Juventus he no longer wants to play for the club, according to Sky in Italy.
Ronaldo, who is in the final year of his contract in Turin, was not in City's plans this summer but he is an option they are considering after the Premier League champions missed out on signing England captain Harry Kane from Tottenham.
Major stumbling blocks to any potential deal are the £25m fee which Juventus are demanding for the 36-year-old forward and his £500,000 a week wages.
Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018 for a fee in the region of £105m and he has scored 101 goals in 134 games for the club, helping them to two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia crown and two Italian Super Cups.
Of course Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best football players of all time.
Sky in Italy are reporting City are willing to offer Ronaldo a two-year contract, with a salary of £12.8m-per-season (€15m).
He is currently earning €31m (£26.6m) per year after tax at the Allianz Stadium.
There is still some way to go before a deal can be concluded and time is tight to complete a deal before Tuesday's transfer window deadline.
Ronaldo wants to carry on playing at the highest level for as long as possible, but not everyone at City is convinced the former Manchester United player is what they need.
Juventus, who want to sell Ronaldo before his contract expires next summer, are in advanced talks to sign Moise Kean from Everton, who scored 17 goals in 41 games while on loan at Paris-Saint Germain last season.
Guardiola once admitted he would "love" to work with a player of the calibre of Ronaldo at Manchester City, bemoaning the fact his squad didn't have a player like that.
"We don't have a single player who can win a game, we don't have a Cristiano, [Lionel] Messi, a Neymar," said Guardiola.
"We don't have these types of players who can win games by themselves. I told the players many times, you have to play as a team.
"I will be honest. I'd like to have a player to score, every single game, four goals and run like these players can run. I would love it."
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