Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United’s training ground Carrington with his agent Jorge Mendes, awaiting crunch talks about his future. Ronaldo missed United’s summer tour of Thailand and Australia and also didn’t train in Manchester ahead of the team’s departure.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Carrington for the first time since the end of the previous campaign. (Image: twitter/besoccer_es)
Cristiano tried to find a way out of the club, as Mendes offered his client’s services to a host of European giants. Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona all turned down the opportunity to land Ronaldo mainly because of the financial implication such a move would emply. Talks are allegedly still ongoing with Atletico Madrid for a shock return to La Liga.
United stand firm that Ronaldo is not for sale. The 37-year-old is part of Erik ten Hag’s plans for next season, despite not training at all this summer. In a bid to solve the ‘Cristiano situation’, United invited Sir Alex Ferguson to attend talks with the player today. The two are known to hold a close relationship after working together in Manchester between 2003 and 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has arrived at Carrington with his agent, Jorge Mendes 🚨 pic.twitter.com/rIVfywM8OQ
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 26, 2022
The bookies favor Ronaldo staying at Man. Utd.
Bookmakers believe Ronaldo is not moving until the transfer window closes in early September. Cristiano is now at -200 to stay at Old Trafford, with Atletico making a transfer happen at +175. Atletico Madrid follows in the odds race, at +700, with Juventus and Chelsea regarded as outsiders to sign Cristiano at +1000.
A Sporting Lisbon reunion is behind at +1200.
Two weeks ago, Ronaldo was rumored to have held talks with an unnamed Saudi club willing to pay him $250 million for a two-year deal. No official confirmation was issued by Ronaldo or his representatives.
Manchester United pulling out the stops to try and keep Ronaldo 👀 pic.twitter.com/f2zMv9XtjS
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) July 26, 2022