Cristiano Ronaldo will still appear in the official video introducing Manchester United new uniform. Since the weekend, rumours have lingered over the 37-year-long-term old’s future at Old Trafford, where he has played for less than a year.
Manchester United have been unable to get back on their title-winning track since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils have been struggling to even compete in the Premier League title race.
The 20-time champions are not even able to maintain a spot in the top 4 of the English Premier League. Thus, this has caused United to change four permanent managers since Sir Alex departed in 2013.
With the hiring of Erik ten Hag, United fans have found a glimpse of hope seeing the Dutchman’s work at Ajax. However, one of the all-time Manchester United greats, Mr. no. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo is still unsure about the Red Devils’ success. And thus, the former Real Madrid star is seeking a move away from Old Trafford.
The club veteran reportedly asked to leave because the team wouldn’t be playing in the Champions League in 2022–2023. However, the United management has formally rejected this request despite Chelsea’s links.
That choice was made as United’s Premier League rival Chelsea is rumoured to be interested in Ronaldo. The world champions are reportedly prepared to make a $14 million offer, despite the Red Devils’ natural opposition to selling a top player to the Blues. While Thomas Tuchel is rumoured to have approved of an approach, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has already spoken with super-agent Jorge Mendes.
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It is currently unknown whether United will be willing to consider any official proposals. But head coach Erik ten Hag won’t want the situation to interfere with his plans for the upcoming campaign.
The player, who scored 24 goals from 38 appearances in all competitions last season, Ronaldo, is claimed to have been a favourite of the former Ajax manager.
Since Edinson Cavani is leaving and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been out of form for the past year, United must also decide who will be the line leader going into 2022–23.
Given that United are unlikely to attract much interest in a player who struggled during a loan stint at Sevilla earlier this year, Ten Hag is reportedly willing to give the latter a chance this season.
Victor Osimhen of Napoli is also reportedly on United’s radar, but the Premier League heavyweights would likely have to fork over more than £90 million to recruit the Nigerian international.