Transfer gossip: Club lodge bizarre Ronaldo offer as Man Utd reignite interest in Chelsea target

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Transfer Gossip - Victor Osimhen during a match Credit: PA Images
Transfer Gossip - Victor Osimhen during a match Credit: PA Images

Manchester United can finally offload Cristiano Ronaldo, in exchange for Richard Arnold’s arm and John Murtough’s leg. Here is Saturday’s Transfer Gossip…

 

FOR YOU MY FRIEND…
Napoli quickly emerged as a potential destination for Cristiano Ronaldo after he told Manchester United he wanted out in order to play in the Champions League. The Italian outfit were almost as quickly dismissed as a potential destination for the Portuguese superstar, however.

Ronaldo wants nothing to do with the Europa League; he is too big for that insignificant little tournament. He is the all-time top scorer in the Champions League after all and is hell-bent on not being caught by Lionel Messi.

There has been a slight problem in his desire to leave United, however. Nobody wants him.

Having said that, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli are now interested in signing Ronaldo before next week’s transfer deadline, but their demands are bloody ridiculous and United will probably tell them where to go.

Di Marzio – who is actually pretty reliable, especially when it comes to Italian football – reckons Napoli want to sign Ronaldo on loan in exchange for their star striker Victor Osimhen. It doesn’t end there. They also want €100m (£84.9m) and for the Red Devils to cover the majority of Ronaldo’s wage.

United must have expressed a huge interest in signing Osimhen for this offer to be put on the table. But if the Premier League club value Antony at €90m, they might think Napoli are complete and utter fools and are setting themselves up to be hoodwinked with such an offer.

 

UNITED, CHELSEA: ON YOUR MARKS…
Sticking with Di Marzio, Manchester United and their pursuit of a new striker; they are apparently back in for ex-Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Italian journalist claims the Red Devils have made a ‘fresh approach’ to sign the experienced striker from Barcelona.

Chelsea have been negotiating a deal to sign Aubameyang for a few weeks and Thomas Tuchel is keen on reuniting with his former Borussia Dortmund player.

Barcelona reportedly want around £25m for the Gabon captain, months after they took him off Arsenal’s hands free of charge.

Erik ten Hag wants to bolster his attack and Aubameyang would be a cheaper alternative to Osimhen, but would certainly be a more surprising and risky option.

Spanish journalist Manu Sainz says Aubameyang prefers Chelsea to United, which is no surprise given the fact they are in the Champions League and have Tuchel.

It promises to be a busy few days for United, who are also working on a deal to sign Ajax winger Antony.

Chelsea will also be active and are close to confirming the signing of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana.

 

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A CHALLENGE?!
Arsenal are expected to be active in the final week of the transfer window. Nicolas Pepe has left the club to spend the season with Nice and this has opened up the space for Mikel Arteta to bring in a new winger.

Wolves’ Pedro Neto is believed to be Arteta’s number one choice, though their Premier League rivals’ asking price may put him and the club off.

Arsenal have also been linked with Villarreal youngster Yeremy Pino and Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, though the latter has already said he will not leave.

Despite this, Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor believes the Gunners could make a late swoop to sign Diaby due to their struggles to strike a deal to sign Neto.

Taylor told GiveMeSport that the French winger is “admired” by Arsenal but it will take a “ridiculous” offer to prize him away from Leverkusen as the German club are not desperate to sell.

So, Diaby will likely be more expensive than Neto and probably more difficult to attain. Brilliant stuff.

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