‘No plans’ for Manchester United to resign Ronaldo

Manchester United have ‘no plans’ to resign Cristiano Ronaldo despite reports linking the club with a shock move for the former favourite.

Speculation has emerged that Juventus are considering the sale of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in a bid to cut costs, the Italian champions having been hit financially by the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic and reportedly keen to remove Ronaldo’s record-breaking wages from their squad.

News of a Ronaldo exit has sent transfer rumours into overdrive with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and David Beckham’s MLS franchise, Inter Miami, mooted as potential destinations, though reports have also linked Manchester United with an approach to re-sign the Portugal captain.

Ronaldo previously spent six seasons in the Premier League and developed from promising teenager to world-class talent at Old Trafford, winning three league titles, the Champions League and the first of his career Ballon d’Ors in English football before a world-record move to Real Madrid.

According to the Manchester Evening News, however, reports of a ‘formal approach’ from the Red Devils for the 35-year-old are wide of the mark, with club sources ‘laughing off the suggestion’ of a romantic return for Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is currently contracted to the Bianconeri until 2022 and any departure would likely involve a large transfer fee and the paying of his extraordinary wages, an unrealistic prospect for Manchester United given the current financial climate.

United accidentally released their quarterly financial figures early on Thursday which revealed a 19.5% drop in revenue from the same quarter last year, the £109m figure largely due to the lack of match-day income as fixtures continue to be played behind-closed-doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Broadcast revenue increased, however, as a result of playing league fixtures during the summer months, though there was a 25.7% decrease in commercial revenue – a drop of £59.7m.

Those figures appear to make a move for Ronaldo hugely unlikely with the club having also refused to meet Borussia Dortmund’s valuation for leading target Jadon Sancho during the summer, the chances a similarly expensive outlay on a player who turns 36 in February seemingly remote.

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