Chelsea considering move to sign Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo

Chelsea are considering a move to sign wantaway Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Athletic.

The 37-year-old hasn’t reported for pre-season training today at Carrington, citing ‘family reasons’ for his absence.

But Ronaldo’s delayed return to Manchester United comes two days after news broke that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would want the Red Devils to consider a suitable offer from a Champions League club.

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United have reiterated that our legendary number seven is not for sale and he is contract to the club until 2023.

With the Reds set to depart for Bangkok, the first part of Tour 22, on Friday, Ronaldo is expected to form part of the travelling party.

Chelsea considering move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Athletic reported last month that new Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly held a recent meeting with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, where a switch to Stamford Bridge was discussed.

If Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, who has seen Romelu Lukaku move back to Inter Milan this summer, gives Boehly the green light to pursue Ronaldo then a formal bid might not be too far off from being submitted.

At the age of 37, Ronaldo, who has won the Champions League five times and is the competition’s all-time top scorer and leading appearance maker, is keen to challenge for Europe’s premier cup competition.

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Having finished sixth and accumulated our worst points total in Premier League history, United can only offer Ronaldo Europa League football.

Its been 20 years since Ronaldo wasn’t playing Champions League football and that came at his boyhood club Sporting Lisbon before Sir Alex Ferguson signed him for the Reds.

According to the Independent, Ronaldo is willing to take a considerable pay cut in order to join a Champions League challenger.

The Portuguese national captain’s current contract sees him earn in the region of £500,000-per-week, but given his desire to compete for major trophies in the latter stages of his career, Ronaldo is willing to slash his wages.

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Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford is likely going to hinge on how his conversation with new boss Erik ten Hag goes.

The former Ajax manager won’t want to lose his star man with the new season just five weeks away, but keeping an unhappy Cristiano Ronaldo could prove to be a massive distraction as Ten Hag kickstarts his era as manager of Manchester United.

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