Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a pay cut to seal a move away from Manchester United this summer. The talisman has been linked with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Napoli, and Atletico Madrid in the past weeks.
According to reports, Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a significant pay cut to leave Manchester United this summer. The Portugal international is ready to slash his wages as much as 30 percent to put an end to his homecoming after just a year in Manchester; his contract is valid for another season with an option to extend it by 12 more months.
The trio of Spanish giants are rumored as possible destinations for Ronaldo, along with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Napoli. Ronaldo, meanwhile, is open to a switch to Atletico Madrid – despite his previous history with rivals Real Madrid – but the club has removed itself from the running due to financial reasons. Real Madrid and Barcelona, too, won’t pursue the forward this summer, says the report.
Ronaldo wants to play in the UEFA Champions League – a competition Manchester United have failed to qualify for the next season – and desires a role out of the limelight at his next club. However, the Red Devils are maintaining their stance that the talisman is not for sale and would push for further talks in the immediate future.
Rumors began circulating in late June that Ronaldo, who finished as Manchester United’s top scorer last season with 24 goals in 38 games, is seeking an exit from the club, a year before his contract expiry. Soon after, reports emerged of new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly meeting the player’s agent Jorge Mendes, where, said the rumors, the topic of Ronaldo to the London club was raised.
By early July, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Napoli were reported to be keen on signing Ronaldo, however, the trio opted out one after the other, leaving the Portugal international with no suitors with three weeks to go till the start of the new season.