Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Cristiano Ronaldo transfer to Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo transfer to Manchester United

The Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is set for a sensational return to Old Trafford after he departed Turin by private plane on Friday. Manchester United has confirmed they have agreed on a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes offered the former Red Devils forward to Man City after they missed out on top target Harry Kane, but City dropped out of the race on Friday.

That allowed United to make a £19.7 million (€28m/$33m) bid to bring the 36-year-old back to Old Trafford, where he starred between 2003 and 2009. It is understood the deal which has got agreed is an initial £12.85 million (€15m) with add ons of £6.8m (€8m).

What was said?

In a disclosure on their club website, United said

"Manchester United Red Devils are delighted to confirm that the club has reached an acceptance with Juventus of Cristiano Ronaldo for the transfer, subject to approval of personal terms, medical and visa.

"Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, has won over 30 major trophies in the duration of his career, including four FIFA Club World Cups, five UEFA Champions League titles, seven league titles in England, Spain, and Italy, and the UEFA European Championship for his national team Portugal.

"In his previous spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games. Everyone at the club looking forward to welcome Cristiano back to Manchester United."

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Guardiola and Solskjaer weigh in on Ronaldo.

In a press conference on Friday, Pep Guardiola suggested City's squad will remain the same despite failing to replace Sergio Aguero. The latter left for Barcelona at the end of last season.

"The position right now this is my feeling that I am more delighted with the squad I have and we will say the same," said Guardiola.

"I am incredibly happy with the squad I have more than satisfied. We are the same squad except one player leaves Sergio and we have Jack [Grealish]."

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, earlier on Friday, refused to rule out a deal.

"I don't want to speculate too much. Cristiano is a legend of this club, he is the greatest player of all time," said Solskjaer.

"He's such a tremendous human being so let's see what happens with him; everyone who's played with him will have a soft spot for him."

When pushed on whether or not United would be making a move for Ronaldo, he replied:

"I didn't think Cristiano would turn out leaving Juventus and it's been speculation the last few days. We've always had good communication. I know Bruno talking to him as well and he knows what we feel about him and If he was ever going to move away from Juventus he knows we're here."

Ronaldo transfer: The bigger picture

Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed that Ronaldo has no "intention of staying" with the Italian club at his news conference.

He had seen leaving Juventus' training ground on Friday morning while the rest of the team began their session before boarding a private plane out of Turin.

Manchester City held some talks over the possibility of a deal, but there was no agreement on terms between the player and club.

Ronaldo believed to be open to a move to the Etihad Stadium despite saying that he would never line up for one of the Red Devils' main rivals.

 

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