Cristiano Ronaldo’s second coming to Manchester United hasn’t quite worked out as the Portuguese sensation is eyeing an exit from Old Trafford just after a year of returning to England.
Manchester United seemed to have taken a step in the right direction last summer when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. The stellar goalscorer was touted by many as the missing piece needed to propel United back to the top of the Premier League, and then eventually Europe. While Ronaldo did not certainly set the world alight, he did go on to score 24 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils. He was the top scorer at Old Trafford, and at the age of 37, it would be difficult to find other players who could perform at such a level.
But the Portuguese captain’s goal-scoring prowess was not enough as United finished a lowly 6th, culminating in their inability to secure Champions League football for the following season. They did however qualify for the Europa League- a competition Ronaldo is seemingly yet to play in. And by the looks of things, he isn’t willing to change that anytime sooner as he is eyeing an exit from Old Trafford in order to compete at the biggest club competition in the world.
It is also widely speculated that United’s lack of activity in the transfer market signals a lack of ambition at the club, and Ronaldo still feels that he has what it takes to add more silverware to his already glittery collection.
United Reluctant to Sell Cristiano Ronaldo at the Wrong Price
Unsurprisingly, United have repeatedly stated that they are reluctant to sell the 37-year-old. But that would change if the right offer came in. At the same time, it would be very difficult to find the right suitors for Ronaldo as very few clubs have the ability to pay what he currently earns at Old Trafford. Heavyweights such as Chelsea, Juventus, and Bayern Munich have been linked with the talisman, but nothing has yet to materialize.
It looks like this will be one of the biggest transfer sagas of this season!