Ronaldo has not shied away from making it public knowledge that he is desperate to cut short his homecoming. The Portugal international has insisted that he is being forced out the door at Old Trafford, and his criticisms of the club have only accelerated his exit plan.
According to The Mirror, the Red Devils were prepared to allow Ronaldo to leave in the January transfer window but now want the forward off of the books as soon as possible, relieving them of his £500,000-per-week wages. Though a worst-case scenario is potentially brewing, as Chelsea are waiting to reignite their interest in the former Juventus star. Todd Boehly wanted to mark his arrival at Stamford Bridge by signing Ronaldo, though Thomas Tuchel pulled the plug on the move.
But now the German has left, Chelsea remain keen on signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. United remain insistent on Ronaldo departing, though they will certainly want the forward to move abroad in hope that they do not rue the decision – but who could he join to please Erik ten Hag’s side?
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