“Cristiano Ronaldo” Ornstein says Man Utd star in shock move to Chelsea
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and Chelsea have discussed the Portuguese player leaving Manchester United, according to Tier 1 writer David Ornstein, who made the revelation on Saturday night.
“EXCL: Todd Boehly met Jorge Mendes in Portugal last week,” Ornstein tweeted on Saturday night.
“Among the topics discussed was the idea of signing Cristiano Ronaldo by Chelsea.
Uncertain whether #CFC will pursue. He’s expected to stick by Man Utd. Loves #MUFC but has reservations at 37.
Romelu Lukaku, a forward for the Blues who is likely to leave the club after deciding to return to Inter Milan, might find the offer to be too good to refuse (reported to be agreed, but not yet confirmed).
Chelsea would defeat one of their key rivals in addition to acquiring one of the best players in football history.
It could seem unlikely if the report hadn’t come from one of Britain’s most trusted football journalists.
If no new players were added, Ronaldo would be the eighth player to leave United this summer.
The only remaining center forwards on United’s squad would be converted wingers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, both of whom had poor seasons the previous season.
Rumors circulated that Ronaldo was unhappy with what was happening at United, notably the Red Devils’ inaction in the transfer market. This was confirmed by Ornstein in The Athletic.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus forward is believed to be concerned with United’s lack of transfer action thus far this summer, despite his undeniable love for the team, according to the writer.
Bayern Munich moved yesterday to refute allegations that they were also in communication with the player from Portugal regarding a prospective transfer, but Ornstein also confirmed that they had.
He added: “As things stand, United aim to keep him at Old Trafford. It is unknown at this point whether Chelsea will wish to pursue the chance, which is also thought to have been discussed with serial German champions Bayern Munich.