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Juventus give Man United Cristiano Ronaldo transfer hope



Manchester United’s pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo has received a major boost after Juventus chiefs performed a drastic U-turn by sacking Andrea Pirlo.

The Italian was dismissed on Friday and Massimiliano Allegri quickly ushered in as his replacement for a second stint as Bianconeri boss.

Pirlo signed a two-year deal last August and led the club to Coppa Italia glory in his first season in charge, but an underwhelming fourth-place finish in Serie A sealed his fate.

However, Pirlo received assurances over his future only a matter of weeks ago as Juve vice-chairman Pavel Nedved insisted neither he nor Ronaldo were going anywhere.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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