CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has claimed there is no suggestion that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel wants Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo at Stamford Bridge.
The Red Devils have received a huge shock with reports claiming Ronaldo, 37, has asked to leave the club if a reasonable offer comes along.
Chelsea have previously been linked with the Portuguese star. The Blues’ new owner, Todd Boehly, has reportedly held talks with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
However, Jacobs played down talk that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could travel to west London this summer. He spoke about the encounter that took place between the Chelsea owner and Mendes, writing about his Twitter:
“One should not read too much into this meeting, however, in this context. Ronaldo was discussed, but he was not the reason or the focus of the meeting. Boehly introduced himself and several names were mentioned. No indication that Tuchel wants Ronaldo.”
Chelsea need a new centre-forward after the departure of Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan.
Jacobs’ comments seem to indicate that Tuchel hasn’t surveyed the United star’s availability, rather that Mendes is trying to find his client a potential suitor.
Manchester United selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea?
It seems unlikely that Manchester United are willing to potentially help a Premier League rival by selling them their top scorer from last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo impressed for the Red Devils with 24 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions in a season to forget for United. In a trophyless campaign, the Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League and missed out on Champions League qualification.
The Portuguese star seems keen to continue playing in the UEFA Champions League and that’s understandable given he’s in the final stages of his career.
Chelsea may have their sights set on a title challenge next season, but a top-four run is perhaps what we can expect.
United will be looking to mount a credible top-four pursuit and the Blues will be potential rivals in this race.
The Red Devils legend potentially joining the Stamford Bridge side would make their chances of finishing in the top four all the more difficult. Not only that, but it will also enrage the Old Trafford faithful given the uproar that followed when the Portuguese star was linked with long-distance rivals Manchester City last summer.
The former Juventus striker has one year left on his current contract with Manchester United, but speculation will continue to grow over his future.
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