Man City has withdrawn from the transfer market for Cristiano Ronaldo, giving Manchester United a free hand.
Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to join Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s side has withdrawn, leaving Manchester United free to sign him.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer odyssey has taken a dramatic swing away from Juventus. According to the BBC, after supposedly being close to signing for Manchester City, the Citizens decided against making a move for the Portuguese striker, leaving ex-club and City rival Manchester United free to arrange a deal for the striker.
All week, reports have connected Ronaldo to Manchester City after their approach for Harry Kane fell through, owing to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s refusal to budge on his £150 million asking price.
Despite the fact that a deal appeared to be close and several sources suggested that it was almost done, the BBC now claims that a deal between Ronaldo and City would not happen at all – after talks between City and a world-class striker crumbled once more.
Pep Guardiola’s press conference on Friday afternoon didn’t reveal anything about his pursuit of Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, but after saying he’d love to manage Ronaldo because he’s “one of the best players of the last 30 years,” talks have broken down just an hour after Guardiola’s press conference.
Above all, it gives Manchester United the opportunity to steal the deal and bring home the god that they all revered at the turn of the century, leaving not just City to regret their decision.
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After an excellent performance against the Red Devils for the side he grew up against, Ronaldo was bought by United for £13 million from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
Before his £80 million move to Real Madrid six years later, he established himself as the best player in the world, winning numerous accolades including three Premier League crowns, a Champions League, and a Ballon D’Or.
Since Ronaldo left England, United has been connected with him for years, and it seemed that the older he got, the more plausible a transfer would be.
And it appears like this is happening right now; with City out of the race, United has stepped in at the eleventh hour and is.