Cristiano Ronaldo was offered to Paris Saint-Germain by his agent Jorge Mendes, but the French champions rejected the chance to sign the striker from Manchester United, sources have told ESPN.
Ronaldo, 37, wants to leave Old Trafford in search of Champions League football next season, just a year after joining the club and with another year left on his contract.
Mendes discussed the No.7’s availability with PSG sporting director Luis Campos and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The super agent is very close to both of them having worked many years with Campos before he arrived in the French capital this summer. He also managed numerous contracts for his players with Al-Khelaifi, including PSG’s latest signing, Vitinha, who joined Porto.
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Sources have added that PSG don’t believe Ronaldo is the right signing at the moment and the club don’t have enough space in their wage bill to pay him.
From a sporting point of view, there are also fears that there is no place for him in the squad, with new manager Christophe Galtier keen to start a season with a back three. The former Nice manager may already be struggling to find ways to play Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe together in his preferred formation, so a move for Ronaldo wouldn’t make sense.
PSG are not the first club to say no to Ronaldo this summer. Bayern Munich have also turned down the chance to face the former Real Madrid and Juventus star, while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is also unenthusiastic, despite a meeting between Mendes and the new Blues owner Todd Boehly to discuss the future of the Portugal international.
As well as Ronaldo’s desire to play in the Champions League next campaign, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is also said to be unhappy with the lack of transfer activity from United so far this summer.
However, new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag insisted the club wanted Ronaldo to stay with the team as recently as Monday during a press conference ahead of the Red Devils’ 4-0 friendly win on Liverpool on Tuesday in Bangkok on their pre-season tour.
“We are predicting Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it,” said Ten Hag. “I look forward to working with him. I have read [that he wants to leave]but what I’m saying is that Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want to succeed together.
“I spoke with him before this problem arose, I had a conversation with him and I had a good conversation. It’s between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is that we had a very good conversation together.”
Ronaldo, who was granted leave to deal with a family issue, did not travel to Thailand as part of the tour.