Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer, fearing he won’t be able to compete for the club’s biggest trophies.
The 37-year-old feels the need to earn even more in the twilight of his career, but it is understood that may not be possible at Old Trafford next season. The 2021/22 campaign was the fifth in a row in which United have failed to win a trophy.
Ronaldo is also said to be concerned that United are yet to make any improvements to the squad in the current transfer window. Thirteen players left the club this summer but none have arrived yet.
Ronaldo has great respect for United – especially the fans – and is said to be ‘in love’ with the club, but this coming season will be the first in his career in which he will not play Champions League football if he stays at Old Trafford.
The Portugal international has never played in the Europa League – which United will be in next season – and last played in its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, when he was at Sporting Lisbon in the 2002/03 season.
But while Ronaldo is keen to leave, United have taken the position that he is not for sale and expect him to see out the rest of his contract, which expires in the summer of 2023.
United are close to agreeing deals for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia, as they are also keen to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez.
Ronaldo re-signed for United last August in a deal worth just under £20m from Juventus and has scored 24 goals in 38 games, but has occasionally cut a frustrated figure as the team faltered under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick to finish sixth.
Sky Sports News has contacted Manchester United for comment.
Ten Hag wants signatures before July 8
Erik ten Hag ideally wants the bulk of United’s transfer business to be completed before the side depart for their pre-season tour on July 8.
The club have a basic deal in place for Barcelona Frankie de Jong, while a deal for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia should end soon.
United are strongly interested in the Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez and have done their due diligence on the situation, while Christian Erikson decides whether to accept an offer from United or stay at Brentford. There are also other proposals on the table to which the former Tottenham midfielder ‘stays open’.
Ten Hag’s new side are in talks with his former club Ajax for the striker Anthonybut the Dutch champions have indicated they are waiting for a defender Jurrien Bois stay in Amsterdam. United had the centre-back, who can also operate at right-back, on a shortlist of defensive targets.
John Murtough, United’s director of football, oversees the team’s transfer activities, assisted by Steve Brown, head of recruitment operations. Tom Keane, a lawyer and brother of former United defender Michael Keane, has been brought in as a consultant to help draft deals.
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