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Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG transfer now looks possible after new Man Utd decision


Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be returning to Manchester United this summer in the wake of Jadon Sancho’s imminent arrival. And that means Paris Saint-Germain are now the frontrunners to land the Portugal international, who will start his side’s Euro 2020 showdown with Belgium tonight. Juventus are pondering what to do with the 36-year-old as they look to balance the finances in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Ronaldo will step out onto the pitch tonight focused on propelling Portugal to yet another major trophy.

The 36-year-old has never been one to rest on his laurels and, five years on from Euro 2016, is targeting the title again.

But, this summer, Ronaldo also finds himself at the centre of transfer speculation.

Juventus are determined to get the 36-year-old off the wage bill, though know this will be easier said than done given the huge salary he currently earns over in Turin.

And Manchester United, according to the Daily Star, have dropped out of the race to sign the 36-year-old.

For years, people over at Old Trafford have pined for the return of the Portugal international – who fired the club to three straight Premier League titles as well as the Champions League crown in 2008 during his spell there.

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In 2013, United thought they’d get Ronaldo back – only for the Real Madrid icon to stay at the Bernabeu once he got wind of David Moyes’ imminent appointment.

In 2017, Ed Woodward put the Juventus star on a list of four fantasy targets he hoped to acquire.

But, now, United have dropped their interest. And that’s all because of Sancho, who is poised to become their first signing of the summer transfer window.

A deal for the Borussia Dortmund forward is close and could be announced in the next few days, with the Red Devils confident it’ll finally be done.

But Ronaldo won’t be coming back as a consequence.

And, now, a move to PSG in France seems the only viable option for the forward if Juventus do indeed want to cut him loose.

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The Ligue 1 giants have, for now, put interest in the Portugal star on hold.

That’s because they want to sort out a new contact for Kylian Mbappe, who has just a year of his current deal at the Parc des Princes left to run.

But PSG have long had interest in Ronaldo, with the Ligue 1 titans previously looking at snapping him up back in 2017.

There were rumours Ronaldo was disgruntled at Real madrid at the time but, instead of snapping up the veteran, they then opted to go after Neymar and Mbappe instead.

PSG are, however, one of the richest clubs on the planet.

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And that means that, with other teams around Europe struggling for cash, they’re the only team who can realistically afford the Portugal international – who earns in the region of £350,000-a-week in Italy.

For now, Ronaldo’s main aim is winning more trophies at international level.

But with the summer transfer window now open, speculation over his future is sure to rumble on.

If PSG lose Mbappe, or realise he won’t sign a new contract, they could even intensify efforts to land Ronaldo after the European Championships.

And what ultimately happens remains to be seen.

Ronaldo did state earlier in the tournament, however, that he was unfazed by all the gossip – insisting it will never get into his head.

“I’ve been playing at the highest level for many years. This doesn’t faze me at all,” Ronaldo said before his side’s 3-0 victory over Hungary.

“If I were starting out, if I were 18 or 19, I’d have some sleepless nights. But I’m 36 years old and whatever comes will be for the best

“Regardless of staying in Juve or being transferred, the crucial thing is the Euros. For me, it’s my fifth Euros, but it’s like my first. I want to start on the right foot and we want to play a good match.”

Ronaldo has scored five goals at the Euros so far, more than any other player taking part. 





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