Manchester United made significant headway in the transfer market this week, as they agreed a deal in principle to sign Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, and reached a broad agreement with Barcelona over Frenkie de Jong’s fee.
However, John Murtough and his recruitment staff’s task to bolster Erik ten Hag’s squad became a lot harder over the weekend, as Cristiano Ronaldo asked to be allowed to leave United should the club receive a satisfactory offer this summer.
As per The Times, his decision is driven by a desire to play in the Champions League.
The 37-year-old believes he has only few more years left at the highest level of the game and wants to move to a club where he has a more realistic chance of adding to his trophy cabinet.
I get it , you’re full of yourselves but he can turn down City for United because he likes them more and still want to leave this summer. He left before but still loved the club . Enjoy Saturday night and your short period of success 👍 https://t.co/tafmauPCXq
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 2, 2022
2nd time Utd have had a star player request a transfer due to a lack of ambition. In the end they kept Rooney but the PR damage was undeniable. Utd should have had more signings done by now, it's an extremely concerning situation.
— Pilib De Brún (Phil Brown) (@Malachians) July 2, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo’s timing is terrible. He should have told #MUFC 2 months ago. It’s been difficult for United to attract any striker this summer when all of them knew they would have to be a back- up to Ronaldo, but that was never actually the case.
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) July 2, 2022
— DROLE (@DROLEutd) July 2, 2022
I am sure his fan club would say otherwise but to me it makes ense to move Ronaldo on from Man Utd this summer. providing they can sign a forward. Don't really see him fitting in with what ETH wants to do. New eras need new starts.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 2, 2022
Thanks for Newcastle at home
— ‘ (@vintageredss) July 2, 2022
Bayern Munich, Napoli and Chelsea are understood to be monitoring the situation. Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met with Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo’s agent, and discussed the idea of him moving to Stamford Bridge.
As things stand, the Red Devils maintain that Ronaldo isn’t going anywhere, but are unlikely to keep the forward against his will.
Additionally, the former Real Madrid man is the highest paid player in the league and his exit would help United bring in more players for Ten Hag.