Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, a former Manchester United and Real Madrid great, from Juventus before the transfer season closes.
City have reportedly shifted their attention to the experienced player whose contract in Turin expires next summer after missing out on their top striker target, Harry Kane.
Tottenham’s best player appeared to be on his way out before the August 31 deadline, but City’s time has run out after failing to reach an agreement with Daniel Levy.
Pep Guardiola is desperate to add a striker to his squad after losing Sergio Aguero on a free transfer to Barcelona at the start of this window, and his desperation is even more evident now that he has missed out on a move for Kane.
However, the signing of Ronaldo would be an even stronger statement of City’s title intentions, and would send a clear message to their rivals, namely Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United, that they are serious about winning the Premier League this season.
According to the MEN, a surprise move to sign Ronaldo is still on the table, and the 36-year-status old’s will need to be settled before the conclusion of transfer deadline day, one way or another.
Given the Portuguese’s ties to United, where he built his reputation as one of the world’s best players before leaving for Real Madrid for a then-world record cost of £84.6 million, according to transfermarkt, the move would be immensely divisive.
For the uninitiated, a return to the Premier League is an exciting idea, but if you’re a supporter of a team that’s anticipated to challenge for the title, City’s transfer message is one to be wary of.