Another transfer attempt for Cristiano Ronaldo results in another dead end. Over the course of the upcoming year, it appears certain that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Manchester United.
However, in less than two months before the January transfer window opens, one of his possible destinations has already been ruled out.
Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim dismissed the idea that his team might try to sign Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo by saying that he would not be spending outrageous sums of money on a “substitute.”
The Portuguese attacker, who initially requested to leave the team just a year after completing an emotional comeback from Juventus, has had a horrible few months at Old Trafford.
Even though it was impossible to organize an exit because so many potentially interested clubs dropped out, rumors have not stopped.
Flamengo, a Brazilian team, was most recently mentioned as a potential suitor for the 37-year-old, but club president Landim swiftly denied the reports.
He asserted that Ronaldo’s salary would simply not fit into their budget and that, should he relocate to Rio de Janeiro, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be limited to the bench.
Landim said: “I don’t know where it originated from. I don’t know if it’s real, but according to what I’ve read on the internet, he would have received a two-year contract offer of $242 million (£215 million).
Approximately $10 million per month when divided by 24 months Talk about a valuation for Cristiano Ronaldo that exceeds Flamengo’s total compensation structure.
To stand in for Gabigol [Gabriel Barbosa] or Pedro? I can’t… Nobody in this room will act irrationally.
The amateur era of management, when we believed we would pay the bills afterwards, is over. There is no way to move in a way that is not firm.”
Ronaldo is expected to depart Manchester United within the next year, although where he goes is currently unknown.
He signed a two-year deal with the Red Devils, but that deal will expire next summer.
While Landim has dismissed Flamengo’s potential interest in the Portuguese player, he is also pessimistic about Flamengo’s chances of acquiring Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.
“I don’t know how much Neymar makes,” he continued. “According to what I’ve heard, the monthly cost will be close to four million euros [£3.48m].
He won’t want to move to Flamengo if we take that amount into account considering what I can pay him inside the wage structure.
He will receive a superior offer from outside. The market dictates this naturally. Flamengo will face competition from teams with significantly larger finances than ours.
I think he will play outside of Brazil for some time because he is amazing. Having Neymar would be a dream for any club in Brazil. The clubs that can afford to pay extraordinary players like him are not in Brazil; they are abroad.”