Fabrizio Romano has confirmed overnight that Cristiano Ronaldo is not negotiating a new contract with Juventus, prompting speculation that he could be on his way to Manchester United.
With a year left on his contract with the old lady, Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes had to decide whether he would stay in or leave Turin at the end of his Euro 2020 campaign.
And according to the transfer guru, part of that decision has now been made.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo is not negotiating a new contract with Juventus today,’ Romano tweeted in the early hours of this morning.
‘Club are now waiting for Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes to decide whether to leave Juventus this summer or not.
‘Cristiano is still under contract with Juventus until June 2022 (€ 31 million net / season).’
Cristiano Ronaldo is not currently negotiating a new contract with Juventus. Club are now waiting for Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes to decide whether to leave Juventus this summer or not. 🇵🇹
Cristiano is still under contract with Juventus until June 2022 [€31m net/season].
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 30, 2021
Romano also confirmed that United and Borussia Dortmund could implement the deal to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford, a deal that many believed would then exclude United from a move for the Portuguese superstar.
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund will be in direct contact in the next few hours to also fill in the final details of the agreement / payment structure. [around €90m]. 🔴 #Sancho https://t.co/qqxjOzTez1
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 29, 2021
But a sensational move back to Manchester could still happen for Ronaldo due to various reasons.
Firstly, although it seems very unlikely that United would match their salary of £ 513,000 per year. Week, the player has already been reported to say he would be willing to take a significant pay cut to become a member of the right team. There would not be many clubs that could offer a two-year deal worth around £ 350,000 – £ 400,000 a week, for example, but United would be one of them.
Second, it would be a ‘typical’ Glazer feature. United’s controlling shareholders, the Glazer family, also own the American football side, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they bought back the world’s biggest quarterback, Tom Brady, to the club at the age of 42 to many raised eyebrows.
Not only was this move rewarded commercially, it also brought success on the field, and so the American tycoons could well try to replicate the tactics with the CR7.
Thirdly, there is the question of ‘where else?’. Ronaldo could, of course, see his final year at Juve, but that would reduce his chances of one last hurray in a top-flight the following summer. PSG have been beaten to pieces, but it is unclear whether the French league will have the same appeal to the 36-year-old as another dice roll in the Premier.
Ronaldo would also be obliged to share the spotlight somewhat with people like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Of course, this is not a transfer of speculation that you can bet your house on, but there is certainly enough reason to believe that Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford is not the cake-in-the-sky story that many fans believe It is and may still happen despite Sancho’s impending arrival.