- Manchester City is said to have been offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
- The club, however, does not want to pay a fee for him, Sky Sports reports.
- Juventus wants at least $29 million for the striker. Ronaldo is thought to be willing to leave.
Manchester City has been offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
That’s according to Sky Sports, which reports that the club is keen to bring the Juventus star back to the English Premier League — but only on a free transfer.
City is said to be willing to offer Ronaldo a two-year contract at the Etihad Stadium with an annual salary of $17.6 million but with no transfer fee.
The club has already completed the $139 million signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer.
Sky Sports reports that Ronaldo, whose contract in Turin expires next summer, is willing to leave while Juventus is also willing to sell to save on the $690,000-a-week wages it pays him.
The Italian club, however, wants at least $29 million, or 25 million euros, for the striker.
The transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted Wednesday to say Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes was in Turin “looking for options” for the 36-year-old, while he also ruled out Paris Saint-Germain moving for him.
—Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 25, 2021
In April, Juventus said it ended the first half of the 2020-2021 financial year with a loss of 113.7 million euros, or $133 million, added to a loss of 50.3 million euros in the first half of the previous financial year.
The Italian sports journalist Gabriele Marcotti says letting Ronaldo leave the club before the end of the month would make sense from a financial perspective.
“Juventus made big losses over the last two seasons,” Marcotti told the “Transfer Talk” podcast. “This is a club listed on the stock exchange and cannot run themselves as if they were a money pit.
“It’s not Ronaldo’s fault they lost all that money — obviously it’s COVID and other poor decisions they made — but the reality is Ronaldo earns about 65 million euros per season gross, which works out at around 60 million pounds, in excess of 1 million pounds a week.
“He has a year left on his contract — a year from now they would lose him for nothing.
“While they are not going to come out and say they wouldn’t mind if Ronaldo left, they are also mindful of the fact that if he did leave it would make it easier for them to immediately embark on their rebuilding.
Ronaldo himself last week dismissed transfer speculation, accusing the media of disrespect for reporting on rumors about his future.
“More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumors, as well as to their players and staff,” the 36-year-old said in an Instagram post.