23/08/2021; 1:46 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
After three seasons at the Juventus Allianz Arena following a blockbuster transfer from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo’s stay at the Old Lady might be coming to an end.
Several rumours have linked the superstar away from Juventus, and the latest reports are that the Turin giants have set a price tag on the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorer.
According to reports, the two Manchester top clubs in England are set to duke it out to take the Portuguese.
Recently, Ronaldo on his Instagram page slammed the way his name was bandied around with a move away from Juventus. He denied any reports of him returning to his former stomping ground Real Madrid, claiming his story there has been told.
At 36, Ronaldo is still kicking, and despite a slight drop in returns, his records have remained phenomenal. The Portuguese is at an age when most players would have retired, but he has shown no signs of slowing down.
At Real Madrid, he scored a stunning 450 goals in only just 438 games, and while advancing in age, many expected that producing such numbers would be impossible. So far at Juventus, he has bagged 101 goals in 133 appearances and continues to show why his hard work still bears fruits.
With the rumours peddled around, it seems that the relationship between Ronaldo and Juventus hasd to sour.
According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Ronaldo is keen to leave the Old Lady, and the Bianconeri are valuing him at £25. That is a massive drop from what they paid to bring him to Turin, but Juventus just want to avoid any losses on their financial statements.
Ronaldo is wanted in many quarters, but his humongous salary will be a stumbling block to any move happening.
United fans have continued to believe that he would return to Manchester United someday, where he played for six seasons, and it seems that day could be closer than ever.
With Real Madrid publicly denying an interest in bringing the mercurial number seven back to the Santiago Bernabeu, it seems that Manchester United and Manchester City are the frontrunners to sign him from Juventus.
Over the weekend, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was confined to the bench against Udinese in a bold statement regarding his future.
Joining Manchester City would be a controversial move considering his history in the city.
He is still adored at Old Trafford, and £25m should not be a stumbling block for either United or City.