Chelsea’s interest in Cristiano Ronaldo is no bluff. It is real and goes far beyond the offer of Jorge Mendes, who has knocked on several ‘doors’ in search of a Champions team that meets the demands of his best ‘client’.
He has been linked with Real Madrid , Bayern, PSG… even Atlético! There has also been talk of a romantic return to Sporting CP.
However, as MARCA has learned, the team that is seriously considering signing CR7 is Chelsea.
Boehly wants an icon
The new senior staff at Chelsea, with Todd Boehly at the helm , is working against the clock. There is a lot of work to be done… and Roman Abramovich’s successor doesn’t want his first signing to be a ‘just anyone’.
Boehly seeks to present himself in society with a ‘fat operation’. He intends to give a blow of effect and in that line he makes sense of the potential signing of Cristiano. His arrival, at a media level, would be well above that of other players who are in the ‘blue’ orbit: De Ligt (Juventus), Aké (City), Raphinha (Leeds) and even Raheem Sterling (City ).
Chelsea needs a flag to cling to and who better than Ronaldo. Even more so after the three outings that Boehly found himself almost cooked. Rüdiger and Christensen have set course at zero cost to Real Madrid and Barcelona and Lukaku has returned on loan to Inter.
United do not want to sell
Chelsea thinks of Cristiano. Until then, all OK. The operation, however, is not easily feasible. The ‘blues’ have not yet submitted any firm offer and Manchester United is not in the business, at least publicly, of selling its franchise player.
It remains to be seen if the ‘red devils’ remain firm after Ronaldo has declared himself in absentia. The former Real Madrid player, who has a contract until 2023, did not attend training for the third consecutive day........
The demands of CR7
Cristiano wants to leave. What’s more, he is willing to give up his status as the highest-paid player in the Premier – he earns around 30 million a year – and accept a considerable pay cut.
Now, he has made clear to Jorge Mendes a ‘sine qua non’ condition. His next destination must be a team that plays in the Champions League and has options to win it. Cristiano intends to continue expanding his legend as the tournament’s historic top scorer (183 goals). But it is that, in addition, he hopes to win his sixth orejona and match Paco Gento at the top of the list of winners.
Chelsea subscribes to the ‘tradeo’
There is another unknown. How much are Chelsea willing to offer for Cristiano and how much could United let him out for?
In this sense, there is an important variable to take into account . Boehly, who is also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a shareholder in the Los Angeles Lakers, wants to transfer an American tradition to European football: tradeo (exchange). Juve have already turned down 40 million plus Werner for De Ligt. Would United accept a barter for Cristiano? Difficult, but we’ll see…