Chelsea staff joked about what the club could become if they signed Cristiano Ronaldo after Todd Boehly looked to mark his first summer transfer window with a blockbuster statement. Then-head coach Thomas Tuchel shot down Boehly’s attempts to lure Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge, and club staff seemingly shared the German’s stance.
Chelsea emerged as a potential destination for the 37-year-old striker amid his desire to leave Manchester United in the summer. Ronaldo was desperate to continue his Champions League legacy elsewhere after United’s dismal sixth-place finish last season.
However, like his other suitors, Chelsea’s interest didn’t go further after Tuchel made it clear that he didn’t want or need him as he preferred a fluid attack. According to Sky Sports, Tuchel stressed the factors fueling Boehly’s interest – including increased attention, commercial uplift and social growth – wouldn’t be worth the management headache.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick and now Erik ten Hag have experienced the power Ronaldo has first-hand. No matter what happens on the pitch, the Portuguese icon dominates headlines, and this season has shrouded what has, for the most part, been a positive start to Ten Hag’s reign at Old Trafford.
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The report claims that there was a great sense that the same would happen at Chelsea if Ronaldo had joined ahead of the 2022/23 season. And it resulted in one member of club staff joking that the initials ‘CFC’ would be referred to as ‘Cristiano FC’ rather than ‘Chelsea FC’.
Given Boehly’s desire to mark the opening years of his tenure as Chelsea owner with a statement signing, Tuchel’s sacking earlier this season could reignite the Blues’ interest. Ronaldo is on the market in January, but new boss Graham Potter will have just as much of a say in a potential move as his predecessor.
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