Cristiano Ronaldo still intends to leave Manchester United before the summer transfer window closes, and his agent, Jorge Mendes, is scrambling to arrange his departure from Old Trafford.
Two teams have emerged as potential destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer out of Manchester United, according to Jorge Mendes.
The Portuguese superstar, who returned to Old Trafford last year after a 12-year absence, is still resolved to leave the Red Devils this summer after just one season.
However, after announcing his decision to leave more than two months ago, he has not been successful in finding a new team.
The 37-year-old was benched for United’s valiant victory over Liverpool last week and didn’t play in Saturday’s victory against Southampton.
In the attack, Erik ten Hag appears to favor players like Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga, and Anthony Martial, with Ronaldo seemingly out of the starting lineup.
The 37-year-old Ronaldo, who is the club’s highest earner, was “upset” to see his compensation at United cut by 25%.
All of the players’ weekly wages were also reduced, with the 37-year-old Ronaldo suffering the steepest reduction.
That resulted from the club’s failure to earn a spot in the Champions League, in which Ronaldo is fervently trying to keep playing.
Ronaldo’s agent Mendes recently informed Napoli that United would be willing to pay €100 million (£84 million) to sign their striker Victor Osimhen, which created the potential of the Portuguese player going the other direction.
Napoli has since expressed interest in signing Ronaldo.
According to a report by Corriere della Sera, Osimhen is valued at €130 million by Napoli, but they would be willing to lower that figure if they were to acquire Ronaldo in exchange.
There is one catch, though: Napoli could only afford to cover 25% of Ronaldo’s salary.
The player may choose Napoli since they provide Champions League football and the chance to contend for prestigious awards.
The three seasons Ronaldo spent at Juventus have also given him exposure to Serie A. Sporting CP, Ronaldo’s former team, is an additional choice.
According to a story from the Portuguese publication Correio da Manha, Sporting president Frederico Varandas “is not giving up” on a stunning deal to get Ronaldo back to the club, according to Sport Witness.
Prior to his eventual return to Old Trafford, Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, promised to talk to her son about a prospective move back to Sporting from Juventus.
Last month, rumors that Sporting and Real Madrid had made preliminary contact over a stunning Ronaldo transfer started to spread.
Where Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the upcoming season is still up in the air.
With five days left until the market shuts down, it would be interesting to see whether he could pull off a last-minute move.