The Red Devils have been firm with Ronaldo and vocal to the broader community that he will not be on the market at any price, with Erik ten Hag envisioning the Portugal captain spearheading his attack within the upcoming campaign. However the player and his team are still attempting to orchestrate a move away.
Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, has held talks with Bayern Munich and Chelsea to date this summer – though neither side pressed on with making a move. Atletico Madrid have also been heavily linked with the previous Juventus star, though they’ve also ‘turned the page’ on a move in response to Radioestadio Noche.
They report that only a few at Atletico imagine that an agreement could possibly be reached for the forward and, if it was possible, should not keen on the concept either. The news has ‘disillusioned’ Ronaldo, especially as no other team appears to have registered their interest in the previous Real Madrid star – despite some tentative links to Napoli and a suggestion on the table from Saudi Arabia.
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The news of no interested parties implies that Ronaldo is incredibly unlikely to depart the club before the beginning of the Premier League campaign, as he would really like. AS reported that the player had set a ‘deadline’ of the upcoming weekend for when he would really like his future to be decided.
United tackle Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday of their first game of the season, and so they can be keen to set the tone for the remainder of the season with a victory. Whether Ten Hag decides to play Ronaldo or not stays to be seen, especially after his antics in pre-season.
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