Ronaldo 'agrees transfer' with Man City ahead of Premier League return
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Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour will only sanction the blockbuster transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo on two conditions, according to reports. It has been widely reported that Juventus forward Ronaldo has agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions.
The 36-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Italian side and is open to a departure.
Juve are keen to sell Ronaldo but will want to recoup at least some of the £88million that they paid Real Madrid in 2018.
Ronaldo’s potential move to City would be one of the most ground-breaking deals in history, not least because the Portugal icon is a Manchester United hero.
But owner Sheikh Mansour is only happy to allow the transfer to happen if two conditions are met.
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Italian newspaper Corierre dello Sport report that the first condition is that the deal must be a free transfer. Sky Sports have reported that Juve want £25m for the player but Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is trying to negotiate that figure down.
Mansour also wants a player to be sold to help balance the club’s wage bill.
Winger Raheem Sterling has been linked with a shock departure. The 27-year-old endured a difficult 2020-21 campaign and alluded to his club struggles while playing for England at Euro 2020.
“Honestly, there’s a lot of different reasons why I haven’t scored for my club [Manchester City], but that’s totally irrelevant now,” Sterling told the BBC after scoring during England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia.
“I’m here with England, I’m enjoying my football, and that’s the most important thing – I’m just happy to score.”
Bernardo Silva is another player who could leave City.
Ronaldo’s Portugal team-mate has been the subject of rumours linking him with a return to Benfica, from whom he arrived at the Etihad Stadium in 2017.
Silva was one of the players who was offered to Tottenham in a part-exchange bid for Harry Kane. However, The Athletic reported that the midfielder did not want to join the North Londoners.
It is unclear whether Mansour will shift on his demands or if the deal will fall through.
Ronaldo has previously ruled himself out of a move to City, claiming that no amount of money would make him move to his former club United’s biggest rivals.
“You think the money will change my mind now? I don’t think so,” Ronaldo told BBC in 2015.
“This is not going to be a problem. If you speak about the money, I’ll go to Qatar. They probably have more money that Manchester City.
“It’s not about the money, it’s about the passion.”
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