MANCHESTER UNITED re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer “would not be a surprise,” according to a great European club chief.
The Portuguese megastar has been linked to a spectacular exit from Juventus in the midst of the club’s financial crisis caused by the coronavirus.
Earlier this month, reports in Italy claimed that the Covid-19 epidemic could affect Juve’s ability to pay the star man his massive £ 510,000 a week.
And an anonymous football director at a major European club would not be surprised if the Red Devils moved for their former hero, according to prominent Spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Balague said: “Interestingly, a football manager from a leading club in Europe said to me,” What if Manchester United decides to replace him? “
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“And I said, ‘No, it can’t be possible, they put the money somewhere else, they’re looking for another type of player.’
“But he said, ‘I wouldn’t be surprised.’
“However, I would pass that one on. I would be surprised. “
Juventus players – including Ronaldo – agreed to give up four months’ wages at the end of March, but that might not be enough for the Serie A champions.
The Old Lady would likely demand around £ 62.5 million for Ronaldo, 35, who proved that age was just a number with his pre-lock form.
Rumors have also surfaced linking Ronnie to a return to Real Madrid.
But Balague quickly put that suggestion aside and said, “The simple answer is no.
“Real Madrid are not looking for Ronaldo, they are looking for a different profile.
“They want to invest their money, their salaries, in a different type of player. So no.
“Second, I think [the story] came out of the back of the fight at Juventus who asked the players to cut their wages, which they did.
“And as a result – also of the coronavirus – they realized that they might actually have to get rid of some of the players.
“Of course, the one they spend the most on is Ronaldo.
“So someone close to Juventus left this little bomb if anyone wants Ronaldo, he might be available. “