News Sports: Cristiano Ronaldo’s last chance to leave Manchester United is to move to Borussia Dortmund. His agent Jorge Mendes is actively working on the move.
Ronaldo still intends to leave Old Trafford this summer to play in the Champions League. Although Manchester United continue to claim that the 37-year-old is not for sale, the position has yet to be tested with a specific offer. But sources at Old Trafford say there is a growing feeling, at least in the football department, that allowing Ronaldo to leave is the best approach. Joel Glazer is the biggest barrier to exit as he ideally wants to keep Ronaldo and has repeatedly emphasized his commercial value in internal discussions. But new manager Erik ten Hag now wants to let him go if an acceptable offer comes in.
Ronaldo is ready to transfer to Dortmund. Champions League football is not only attractive but also gives him the opportunity to challenge in the Bundesliga and through that, he becomes the first player to win the domestic championship in England, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Amorim, like Ronaldo, is 37 years old. The duo played together for Portugal between 2010 and 2014. The pair have a friendly personal relationship but the Sporting boss has made it clear that Ronaldo would not be a good fit.
Atletico Madrid has also lost interest in Ronaldo. Club sources have always called a move “problematic”, with club president Enrique Cerezo even going so far as to dismiss the links as mere rumours. “I don’t know who invented this story,” he told Spanish media AS. “Rumors are rumours and they have to stay where they are, because if they keep growing it looks like they’re real, but the reality isn’t. The reality is it’s impossible for him to come to Atletico from Madrid.”
Atleti coach Diego Simeone is ready to sign him and Ronaldo is keen to join despite his connection to Real Madrid. But Atleti’s finances wouldn’t have been possible without the massive outlays, and the fan backlash means they’ve now told Mendes a deal is closed. Bayern Munich also ruled out the possibility of signing Ronaldo after Robert Lewandowski left Barcelona. However, CEO Oliver Kahn gave in in internal discussions.
“I consider him one of the greatest players of all time,” said Kahn, who won the 2000-01 Champions League with Bayern. “We then came to the conclusion that, despite our appreciation for Cristiano, he would not fit our philosophy.” Chelsea also don’t want Ronaldo and are increasingly confident of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona in a deal worth more than $25 million. US President Todd Boehly was certainly intrigued by bringing Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge but Thomas Tuchel vetoed the idea. The Chelsea manager is unlikely to change his mind. Mendes even approached Barcelona earlier in the transfer window with their president Joan Laporta insisting that Robert Lewandowski (who is now signed) remains their target.
Ronaldo remains frustrated at Manchester United and so he is ready to do anything to help his suitor facilitate a transfer. Sources say he is frustrated with his ambition to show in the transfer market and has not yet appreciated Ten Hag’s tactics or management style. In particular, Ronaldo (along with a number of other teammates) felt that ten Hag should not have called the players off early in the pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.
Ronaldo is ready to take a pay cut of at least 30% to facilitate his departure from Manchester United and could even consider an even bigger cut for Dortmund. He will also accept a multi-year contract with a pay cut in the second year. And Inter Milan and AC Milan spoke to Mendes, more politely, but without the desire or financial means to make a move a reality.