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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus and Jorge Mendes fail to reach agreement after meeting

Manchester City have been offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, who is under contract at Juventus until the summer of 2022 but is understood to be open to leaving the Serie A club; Juventus want at least £25m for the 36-year-old who was brought to the club in 2018

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Sky Italy's Paolo Aghemo says Manchester City is Cristiano Ronaldo's 'only option' at the moment if he is to leave Juventus this summer

A meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes and Juventus in Turin ended without any agreement on Thursday.

Juventus want to sell Ronaldo before his contract runs out next summer and he wants to leave.

But the Italian club want £25m before they will let Ronaldo leave.

No more meetings were scheduled on Thursday, with Mendes looking for a club willing to buy the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Manchester City have been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo and are interested in bringing him back to the Premier League, according to Sky in Italy.

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Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol believes Manchester City may deviate from their usual transfer strategy to sign Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo

But City want to sign him on a free transfer and are willing to offer him a two-year contract, with a salary of £12.8m-per-season (€15m).

City have so far signed Jack Grealish for £100m this summer and Pep Guardiola would be happy to continue the season without any more signings.

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He believes his squad is now even stronger than last season's champions, but City are still prepared to sign a forward after missing out on Harry Kane.

Ronaldo does not fit the profile of the player they are looking for, but they would consider signing him if the deal made sense from a sporting and financial perspective.

The 36-year-old scored 118 goals in 292 games for Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.

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Ronaldo has not directly communicated to the club that he wants to depart. His current contract at the Allianz Stadium runs until June 2022 and he is earning €31m per year after tax.

City are the only club currently interested in signing Ronaldo, with Paris Saint-Germain not in the picture.

Ronaldo's representatives are pushing for a move, while Juventus would like to sign Gabriel Jesus to be a part of the deal, but City do not want to sell the Brazil international forward.

Ronaldo was a surprise omission from the starting line-up in Juve's Serie A opener against Udinese and left training on Wednesday with an arm injury.

Could Ronaldo join Man City?

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Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol tells The Transfer Show that any potential move to Manchester City benefits Cristiano Ronaldo more than the Premier League champions.

Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

"The latest is Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus, he only has a year left on his contract. Juventus want him to go because he is costing them about £1m a week, his salary after tax is about £500,000 per week.

"His agent, Jorge Mendes, has been trying to find him a new club and there are very few clubs of the stature who can afford someone like him - the clubs we are talking about are PSG, Man City.

"There have been reports today City are very close to agreeing a deal to sign him, but that is not our information. Our information is he has been offered to City, who have missed out on signing Harry Kane. So they are potentially in the market to sign another forward.

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Derby County boss and former Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney believes former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo would not risk his Old Trafford legacy with a move to Manchester City.

"Ronaldo is not of the age of the type of player they normally go for though, he is 36. City will look at it and consider it and if it makes sense from a sporting and financial perspective, it is something they may go for.

"But the most important thing is money - firstly, Ronaldo's wages of £500,000 per week and secondly, what Juventus are asking for. They want £25m before they will let him go, but how serious are they about that?

"One other note of caution is Mendes is going around trying to find a club for Ronaldo…."

Analysis: Has Ronaldo still got it?

Sky Sports' Nick Wright:

Ronaldo turned 36 in February and was unable to prevent Juventus from slumping to a fourth-placed finish in Serie A last season but on an individual level his output remains exceptional.

True, his scoring feats are no longer at the level of his peak years at Real Madrid, when he regularly surpassed the 50-goal mark, but Ronaldo has netted 101 times in 134 games in all competitions for Juventus, an average of nearly 34 per season.

Ronaldo is not the explosive winger he once was. Instead, he has become a clinical, goal-poaching presence in the central striking role, where his aerial prowess is particularly dangerous.

Age has not blunted his goalscoring instincts and it doesn't seem to have made him any less robust either. Across his three full seasons in Turin, he has only missed 17 Serie A games out of 114. He remains ever-present for the Portuguese national team too.

The figures involved in any potential deal to take him to the Etihad Stadium would be eye-watering but Ronaldo's numbers show that even at 36, he still brings a guarantee of goals - and that is precisely what Pep Guardiola is looking for.

Why Ronaldo exit would help Juve finances

Gabriele Marcotti on the latest Transfer Talk podcast:

"What we do know is that Juventus made big losses over the last two seasons [the club confirmed in April the first half of the 2020/2021 financial year closed with a loss of €113.7m, added to a loss of €50.3m in the first half of the previous financial year]. This is a club listed on the stock exchange and cannot run themselves as if they were a money pit.

"It's not Ronaldo's fault they lost all that money, obviously it's Covid and other poor decisions they made, but the reality is Ronaldo earns about €65m per season gross, which works out at around £60m - in excess of £1m a week.

"He has a year left on his contract; a year from now they would lose him for nothing. While they are not going to come out and say they wouldn't mind if Ronaldo left, they are also mindful of the fact that if he did leave it would make it easier for them to immediately embark on their rebuilding.

"The flip side is Ronaldo stays and then a year from now they will lose him for nothing because it is going to be very difficult for Juventus to extend his deal unless he takes a huge pay cut. That's the uncomfortable situation they are in."

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