Cristiano Ronaldo has made his intentions clear about leaving Old Trafford with a year left in his contract. The 37-year-old returned to Manchester United last year and scored 24 goals across all competitions. Meanwhile, the Red Devils stumbled despite Ronaldo’s hot form and finished sixth in the Premier League, failing to qualify for the Champions League. The United secured the lowest points in the history of the club last season.
However, Cristiano is interested in playing in the Champions League. And his agent, Jorge Mendes, has been busy looking for a new home for CR7. Chelsea was considered to be the favorites after their new owner Todd Boehly met with Mendes in Portugal. However, the Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that Ronaldo is not on his list of possible transfer targets this summer.
Meanwhile, PSG and Bayern Munich have reportedly turned down potential transfer negotiations, too, leaving Ronaldo in a tough spot. There is no doubt that Cristiano does not want to play for the Red Devils as he missed out on the club’s pre-season practice matches, citing personal reasons. Amid all the drama, a north London club has been associated with a possible transfer opportunity for the Portuguese superstar.
Recently, English broadcaster Piers Morgan revealed that he had a conversation with Ronaldo recently over text. Morgan urged Ronaldo to make a move to Arsenal despite the Gunners failing to qualify for Champions League as well. The famous sports expert revealed that he had been in constant contact with CR7 last week. Piers felt that it was highly unlikely that Cristiano would play another game for Manchester United.
Further, the 53-year-old stated Ronaldo has moved on from the club mentally. Morgan refrained from revealing the conversation he had with the five-time Baloon d’Or winner. However, the football journalist pointed out Cristiano does not feel that Manchester united share the same ambitions as him. He is not happy with the recent signings by Erik ten Hag, their commitment towards him last season, the Premier League finish on the table, and the lack of Champions League football.
Can Arsenal Make Their 20-Year-Old-Transfer Target Come True?
Nearly two decades ago, when Ronaldo was leaving Sporting Lisbon, Arsenal and Manchester United were in the fight to acquire the young talent. However, United’s Alex Ferguson stole Ronaldo from under the wraps from Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger. The Red Devils formed an informal alliance with Lisbon, providing the United a first refusal on any departing player.
Meanwhile, Wenger felt that the Cristiano Ronaldo transfer was in the bag, unaware of United’s move. Eventually, the Red Devils snatched the young forward from Arsenal. Thus, with the help of Piers Morgan, the Gunners could finally acquire Ronaldo after 20 years under Mikel Arteta.