Super star, Cristiano Ronaldo is pushing for a return to the Premier League after over a decade and to a familiar city… Manchester.
Latest information has it that his intention to go to Manchester may not be a return to Manchester United, but rather, to their ‘noisy neighbours’, Manchester City this summer in a sensational swap deal which depends on the club’s pursuit of Harry Kane.
Ronaldo, 36, had seemed poised to stay at Juventus for the final year of his contract after hitting out a “disrespectful” rumours linking him with an exit earlier this month.
City, meanwhile, have been pursuing Kane, 28, throughout the summer but they remain a long way off meeting Tottenham’s asking price.
Ronaldo has been alerted to City’s stalling efforts to sign Kane and his camp have been engineering a move to the Etihad over the last few days.
That’s according to French sports newspaper, L’Equipe, who claim the Portugal superstar has openly told those around him about his desire to leave Juventus before the window shuts early next week.
The report adds Ronaldo has identified City as his ideal destination out of the handful of clubs who could afford to sign him and meet his £31million-per-year salary demands.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward is desperate to add to his five Ballons d’Or and believes Pep Guardiola’s side would give him the best chance of doing so.
Ronaldo is understood to have spoken to a number of City stars whom he shares a national team dressing room with, including Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.
He is convinced the move can happen, but much depends on the ability of his agent, Jorge Mendes, to broker the transfer.
Mendes is said to be working around the clock and could orchestrate a swap deal which would see Silva, another of his clients, move the other way.