Bayern Munich could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo if Jorge Mendes had called earlier

Bayern Munich could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo this summer if Jorge Mendes had timed his call right, says Florian Plettenberg.

It’s no secret that the 37-year-old wanted to leave Manchester United to join a Champions League club during the summer transfer window.

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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the Champions League’s all-time top scorer and leading appearance maker.

United’s number seven didn’t fancy spending a season outside the prestigious club competition as he enters the twilight stages of his career.

The Portuguese national captain instructed his agent Mendes to secure a summer move, but a transfer failed to materialise and Ronaldo will stay at Old Trafford until January at least.

Bayern Munich could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo

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As well as the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea, Bayern Munich didn’t take up Mendes’ offer of signing his most high-profile client in the summer.

However, Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has claimed that the Bavarian giants may have been more receptive to signing one of the greatest players of all time had Mendes called earlier in the summer transfer window.

Having missed out on signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City and star man Robert Lewandowski making it clear he wanted to join Barcelona, Bayern opted to pursue signing former Liverpool talisman as the prolific Poland international’s replacement.

But Plettenberg revealed that Bayern may have considered signing Ronaldo had Mendes called in between the Allianz Arena side missing out on Haaland and signing Mane.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “I’m totally convinced if he [Mendes] would have called the Bayern bosses after the no from Haaland and before the yes of Sadio Mane – Ronaldo and Bayern Munich could have become hotter than it was in the end.

“Bayern can sell (afford) such a salary if they want.”

After failing to secure a move, Ronaldo seemingly faces a huge battle forcing his way into Erik ten Hag’s strongest starting line-up.

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