Serie A boss ‘would love’ to sign Cristiano Ronaldo; gives verdict on huge Man Utd striker swap

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd, in action during the Premier League match v Brighton at AMEX Stadium Credit: PA Images
Cristiano Ronaldo, Man Utd, in action during the Premier League match v Brighton at AMEX Stadium Credit: PA Images

The manager of a Serie A team says he ‘would love’ to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and work with the Portuguese, while also giving his opinion on a potential £100million swap deal.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes wants to find the striker a new club before the transfer window closes on Thursday night. However, most of Europe’s biggest teams have rejected the chance to sign him so far.

They include Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Reports have suggested a fairytale return to Sporting Lisbon for Ronaldo. He spent time in their academy and made 31 senior appearances before joining Manchester United in 2003.

However, the Primeira Liga club would struggle to afford a transfer fee for Ronaldo or pay his huge wages. According to the Daily Mail, he takes home £385,000 a week at Old Trafford. In contrast, just two Sporting players earn over €30k (£25.4k) a week.

Italy could be a potential destination for Ronaldo. His only spell there so far came with Juventus, between 2018 and 2021.

Italian outlet Tuttosport claim Mendes has made contact with Napoli over Ronaldo potentially moving there. And United have been tipped to include £100m-rated striker Victor Osimhen as part of a swap deal.

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti admits he ‘would love’ to use Ronaldo in his team, though it seems there is little chance of a switch to Naples going through.

Spalletti reveals extent of Cristiano Ronaldo discussions

“I’d love to work with Cristiano Ronaldo, of course. But there are no talks,” he said (via Fabrizio Romano).

“[Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis told me that he has not received anything.”

Spalletti was then asked about Ronaldo and Osimhen potentially taking part in a swap deal.

“I think it’s difficult, but you should ask our director [Cristiano] Giuntoli.”

Spalletti isn’t the only relevant person to speak about Ronaldo joining Napoli and Osimhen going in the opposite direction this week.

On Friday, Osimhen’s agent said: “There are no negotiations or swap deal talks in progress.

“Victor Osimhen is a Napoli player and he wants to play Champions League with Napoli. He’s proud of being in the UCL.”

It seems another door has shut on Ronaldo. Osimhen wants to remain at Napoli and this means there is little need for the Italian giants to go after Ronaldo.

Soon or later the 37-year-old is going to have to realise that staying at United is essentially his only option. Clubs don’t want to pay so much money for an ageing striker who doesn’t work particularly hard when pressing.

Of course, Ronaldo will get you at least 20 goals a season. But Europe’s biggest teams want to rely on up-and-coming strikers with big potential, rather than veterans such as Ronaldo.

He needs to work hard and get back into Erik ten Hag’s starting eleven so he can have a successful campaign. Then, when Ronaldo’s United contract expires next summer, he can decide on his next move or retire.

Meanwhile, BT Sport pundits Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have analysed United’s 1-0 win over Southampton.

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