Cristiano Ronaldo may move to the former club of Lionel Messi, his eternal as super-agent Jorge Mendes is searching for a new club for him after he submitted a transfer request to Manchester United. According to UK publication, Mirror, Barcelona have emerged as the surprise suitor.
Speculations have it that Ronaldo was at the centre of Mendes’ discussion with Barcelona president.
Ronaldo has reportedly submitted a transfer request to Manchester United, in an attempt to force through an exit from Old Trafford. The superstar has grown frustrated with the Red Devils’ stumbling activity in the transfer market, with Erik ten Hag still to make his first signing as manager.
He is also keen to play in the Champions league, with United having missed out on qualifying for that competition for the upcoming campaign. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are thought to be the leading suitors for the 37-year-old, though Barcelona have also now emerged as an option.
Ronaldo’s agent Mendes has been stepping up his efforts to facilitate a deal by holding a meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta. According to Spanish outlet, AS, Ronaldo is one of four names being discussed by the duo in their meetings.
Ruben Neves, Rafa Leao and Bernardo Silva are the other three players who are involved in the talks. But it is Ronaldo who is at the centre of their conversation, with Mendes and Laporta said to be discussing the possibilities that could lead to Ronaldo moving to the Nou Camp.
It is said that Laporta is keen to bring Ronaldo to Barcelona in an attempt to strike a blow at Bayern, who are refusing to negotiate over the sale of Robert Lewandowski. Ronaldo’s uncertain future is said to have ‘monopolised’ almost the entire meeting.