After Man City’s rebuff, Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-term transfer strategy may be jeopardized.

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After Man City’s rebuff, Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-term transfer strategy may be jeopardized.

Man United’s acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo may prevent them from pursuing their intended target next summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s announcement that he would return to Manchester United sent shockwaves throughout the world. Indeed, after snatching the Portuguese star from Man City’s grip, it was a decision that left Red Devils fans happy.

Despite his representative, Jorge Mendes, having apparently been in communication with the Premier League champions over a prospective agreement to join his client, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was unveiled as a United player on deadline day.

However, a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferguson’s former manager, was enough to persuade the 36-year-old to return to Old Trafford.

Ferguson signed Ronaldo as a kid from Sporting in 2003, and he went on to become a global superstar under his guidance.

“As everyone knows, Sir Alex Ferguson has been the key since I signed for Manchester [United] at the age of 18,” Ronaldo told MUTV.

“I recall when I was at Sporting Lisbon, we played Manchester United.

“In football, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a parent to me. He was a huge assistance to me, and he taught me a lot, and in my perspective, he played a large role because of our friendship; we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an incredible person.

“I truly admire him, and he was the main reason why I was able to sign for Manchester United in the first place.”

While signing Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly provide a boost to United’s attacking options, it is possible that the signing could prohibit the English giants from pursuing Erling Haaland next summer.

In the transfer window, United were linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund forward, but he chose to stay in Germany.

When his £64 million release clause becomes live next summer, Haaland is anticipated to leave Dortmund.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is familiar with the striker, having managed Haaland at Molde when the two were teammates.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions City have yet to sign a direct successor for Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona in June, and will be anxious to sign Haaland next summer.

City had been linked with a summer transfer for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, but the 28-year-old announced his decision to stay at Spurs last week.

The only recognized striker at “Brinkwire Summary News” is Gabriel Jesus.

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