Amid the ongoing transfer links between Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s men have had their say on proceedings and whether they back the move
Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a shock transfer to his former rivals Manchester City, and Pep Guardiola’s squad have given their thoughts on the potential move.
It was previously anticipated that Ronaldo would stay at Juventus until the end of his contract that expires next summer, but it seems a deal away from Turin may favour both parties.
Juventus are holding out for a £25million fee for the forward who cost them €100m (£86m) in 2018, and they would save €31m (£25.5m) in salary if Ronaldo was to leave.
City have been one of the sides linked with a move for Ronaldo, who seeks one final test before the end of his glamorous career.
City are reportedly in talks with the Italian side and the potential transfer has been unanimously supported by Pep Guardiola’s squad, according to The Telegraph.
Harry Kane had been City’s primary target for the entirety of the window, but with Daniel Levy not willing to negotiate, the Premier League champions ended their interest in the Tottenham striker, and the England captain released a statement expressing he would be staying at Spurs this summer.
Due to this, City have turned their attention to Ronaldo as Guardiola seeks a natural centre-forward, and would be happy to pay the mammoth wages that the Portuguese star requires.
Although personal terms aren’t an issue, City aren’t keen on paying any fee for the 36-year-old, but Juventus are adamant that they would require at least £25m to let Ronaldo leave Turin this summer.
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City would be an immense force with Ronaldo added to the side, and although the forward may be 36-years-old, the five-time Ballon D’or winner is still one of the deadliest finishers on the planet.
With Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva at the club already, Ronaldo would join a whole host of stars that make up his beloved national team, although Silva seems to be on his way out of the Etihad.
Ronaldo would also add vast European experience to City’s side, who fell at the final hurdle last season as they were defeated 1-0 by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the final.
City have been craving European glory ever since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover of the club in 2008, and Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times during his spells at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Ronaldo would almost certainly tarnish his legacy at United by making such a move, and bringing European glory to rivals City would unnerve his former fans even more.
In an interview with BBC six-years-ago Ronaldo said when speaking about a possible move to City in the future: “This is not going to be a problem. It’s not about money it’s about the passion.”
These words could haunt the Portuguese star should he join Guardiola’s side.