Manchester United are ready to hear offers for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
United’s public message has been that Ronaldo is not for sale after failing to show up for pre-season training for four days in a row. He has cited family reasons, an explanation accepted by the club.
The final decision will rest with Ronaldo leaving the door open for him to change his mind and stay at Old Trafford.
Sky sports news It was told that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has spent the last few weeks selling the “Cristiano Effect” to clubs after compiling a dossier on his client’s immense influence in terms of sponsorships, social media and “new markets”. .
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is among the executives listening to the pitch and is considering a move, with the Blues also talking about a move for Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Chelsea are focused on deals for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, with the club only looking to sign players head coach Thomas Tuchel will sign.
Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Napoli have also become engaged to Mendes.
The 37-year-old has not returned to training at Carrington for family reasons, which the club have accepted.
Ronaldo’s absence comes as he told United he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer if a suitable offer arrives.
Ronaldo was due to return to his team-mates on Monday but has instead been keeping fit at Portugal’s training base – Cidade do Futebol – in recent days.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Ronaldo’s United future cannot become ‘saga’ this summer.
That Sky Sports The pundit tweeted on Monday: “The only important factor in the Ronaldo situation is that it is dealt with decisively and swiftly.
Ronaldo is understood to be concerned about United’s transfer activity this summer but on Tuesday the club announced Ten Hag’s first signing with the arrival of Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.
Malacia could soon be followed by the arrival of Christian Eriksen after the Denmark international agreed in principle to join United on a free transfer.
There is an agreement in principle with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong, while advanced negotiations continue for Lisandro Martinez.
There were also talks with Ajax for striker Antony, but the new boss Alfred Schreuder indicated: “He has a contract until 2025. I want to work with him and the club knows that.”
Ten Hag will need to expand his attacking goals as Ronaldo heads into the new season with the club already concerned he is no longer a goal threat.
Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions last season but United recorded their lowest-ever Premier League points tally.
United begin their pre-season schedule against Liverpool in Bangkok next Tuesday, ahead of friendlies with Melbourne City, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in Australia.
Analysis: Ronaldo’s actions let Man Utd down
Sky Sports’ Zinny Boswell:
The timing of Ronaldo’s desire to go further public has failed United just a week before they fly off on their pre-season tour. Manchester City and Liverpool were quick to sign two of Europe’s best young forwards, while United plotted a life with the Portuguese.
It begs the question: should United have been better prepared for this scenario?
Erik ten Hag is now trying to reconfigure his attacking line. According to the current status, he mainly relies on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for goals, neither of whom have played well for 12 months and have not consistently played a central role. These are the same two forwards Louis van Gaal confided in in the final stages of his final season at Old Trafford six years ago.
United have almost two months left to dive into the transfer market and find a solution to their striker problem. However, another stunning start into the window has left fans concerned about the club’s effectiveness in negotiations. Even if this redesigned transfer team, led by John Murtough, pulls together, rival clubs will smell United’s desperation and raise the price when they demand a striker.
Ronaldo’s departure, while potentially destabilizing in the short term, offers United and Ten Hag an opportunity to establish a fluid forward line – something that had worked well in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s penultimate season. In the season leading up to Ronaldo’s arrival, United scored 73 Premier League goals – 16 more than with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. It’s a trend that has followed him from Juventus, where his arrival also led to a drop in goals scored.
Ten Hag used Dusan Tadic as a false nine at Ajax in the 2018/19 season as they reached the Champions League semifinals. The new United boss was also successful when he used Sebastian Haller, a more conventional No9, last season as Ajax won a third Eredivise title in four years under Ten Hag. If the former West Ham forward hadn’t sealed a move to Borussia Dortmund, it would have come as no surprise that United would have sought Haller to replace Ronaldo as Ten Hag prefers to work with players he is familiar with.
Whichever camp you’re in when it comes to Ronaldo, there’s no denying that United need to improve their attacking options, and fast. Ajax striker Antony is a target and would fill a void on the right wing but even his arrival would leave a gaping hole in the centre-forward. Whether the club will be able to find Ten Hag’s ideal target under the circumstances remains to be seen, leading United to potentially spend another season with a reserve striker. They don’t hope for another Odion Ighalo.
The Ronaldo dilemma: was he to blame?
Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:
Cristiano Ronaldo was voted Premier League Player of the Month in April. He had scored five goals in four games, including a hat-trick. But that month, Manchester United won just one game in six.
Ronaldo was also named Team of the Year in the Premier League. United ended the season with back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Crystal Palace. Sixth and no trophy. It was the worst league performance in 32 years.
While his team faltered, Ronaldo – at 37, let’s not forget – still found a way to make a name for himself.
The individual and the collective. This is the Ronaldo dilemma.
Read the full feature here
Merson says Ronaldo ticks the box for Chelsea
In his latest Sky Sports Column gives Paul Merson his verdict on Chelsea’s potential signing of Cristiano Ronaldo:
“It’s a bit disappointing to hear the news that he wants to play in the Champions League. It was clear Man Utd won’t be in the Champions League for a long time. I don’t know why that was. t nipped early doors in the bud. It had to take so long. I would be a bit disappointed if I were a Man Utd fan.
“It’s hard to get centre-forwards who can score goals, especially in the best and toughest league in the world. So if Ronaldo has moved on then Man Utd don’t really have a replacement to take his place as a proven goalscorer who is going to score 15-20 goals. So they would have to go and look for someone.
Man Utd games: Ten Hag debut vs Brighton on Sky
Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game as Manchester United manager will be played live against Brighton at Old Trafford Sky Sportson the opening Super Sunday of the 2022/23 season.
After taking on Graham Potter’s Seagulls on Sunday 7th August, live on skysports, United travel to Brentford in the second round of games before hosting rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster pre-season clash over the weekend of August 20.
United’s trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season on October 1 heralds a disheartening month which has seen the Ten Hag side travel to Everton and Chelsea and host Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.
The last game before the season break for the Winter World Cup takes place on the weekend of 12/13. November against Fulham. United then return to action on Boxing Day in Fulham.
The year 2023 will start with a home game against newly promoted Bournemouth. Premier League champions Manchester City play at Old Trafford on January 14, returning to Anfield on March 4, while United complete their season at home against Fulham on May 28.
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