If you didn’t know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s links to Bayern Munich, Chelsea and even Sporting meant, look no further.
In case you missed it, Sky Sports reports that Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes met with the new Chelsea boss to discuss options, while Bayern distanced themselves from the alleged interest. [Mail],
Let’s cast out the doom and gloom outlook of ‘oh no Ronaldo wants to leave’.
Instead it looks like a carefully made move from Ronaldo to Manchester United, to prompt the club to get their home run in order.
Ronaldo may have just played the masterstroke
Portuguese newspaper Record reported that Ronaldo was frustrated and disappointed by the slow start of Manchester United’s transfer window, as rivals were already strong.
He is not alone. Manchester United fans are tearing their hair out over the club’s determined negotiating strategy for Eric ten Haag’s top goals.
The difference is, Ronaldo is in a position to do something about it, and his plan seems to have swung into action.
These leaks to the media about his future, coordinated by Jorge Mendes, have popped up all at once and at the right time.
A day after reports of Ronaldo and Chelsea surfaced on Saturday, news emerged that Manchester United had made a significant move for Frankie de Jong.
The Telegraph reports United and Barcelona are close to agreement and the Red Devils hope to conclude a deal in the coming days should a fee of £69m be agreed.
no coincidence de jong deal is close now
Is it a coincidence that United are closing in on this transfer following links to Ronaldo’s exit?
No, not at all. Ronaldo knew exactly what he was doing to put pressure on United, and it seems to have worked a treat.
It’s right out of the Mendes playbook, negotiating a move to City to help United put United first on the table. He also pursued United’s move to Bruno Fernandes after offering the player to Barcelona.
The prospect of losing Ronaldo this summer was real if United didn’t put their act together, and it was a blow the club could not afford, with so much money invested in midfield, and potentially only a budget. Or was looking for developmental striker alternatives.
Once the move for de Jong is out, more are expected to follow. When Cristiano Ronaldo returns to pre-season training at Carrington at a time or so, he could be surrounded by some new faces, that’s the plan.