Even before Cristiano Ronaldo would have thought of making his next move, one of his potential suitors have backed out. German giants Bayern Munich have distanced themselves from Ronaldo rumours for the second time, which resurfaced after the 37-year-old’s contract termination with Manchester United. Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan dropped as bombshell on United as well as the fans across the world.
The two parties, as a result which was already being sensed by many parted ways with a mutual contract termination. That left Ronaldo with no club just days before he kicked-off his World Cup campaign with Portugal. Many rumours were flying, with both his United and Portugal teammates reportedly unhappy with the superstar forward’s timing of the ill-fated interview. While the rumours were much debated, Ronaldo continued his usual goalscoring form with Portugal, netting in their World Cup opener against Ghana.
Bayern chief politely rejects a possible Cristiano Ronaldo move
Cristiano Ronaldo now needs a new club, once the World Cup is over. The January transfer market will be just over 10 days away after the global showpiece comes to an end. However, Ronaldo’s super-agent Jorge Mendes would have already rolled up his sleeves and working on his client’s next destination. There would surely be no shortage of offers on his table, with his preference clear as well of a Champions League club.
According to multiple reports, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, Sporting CP were all interested in acquiring the services of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. However, United managed to fend-off the potential offers as they too stood firm on their stance of keeping the forward until his contract expired in 2023. Further on, the Champions League all-time top scorer rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia, which would have seen him pocket a whopping £300 million over the course of two years.
Bayern Munich were also said to be interested, since their talisman striker Robert Lewandowski had left for Barcelona after a number of protesting efforts. The Bavarians were looking to replace the 34-year-old with Ronaldo, but his wage demands reportedly forced them to distance themselves from him. However, they are still on the lookout of Lewandowski’s replacement, and with Cristiano Ronaldo available now, it was expected the reigning German champions will make a move. But their CEO Oliver Kahn has once ruled out any potential deal, as he told Sky Sports:
“I can rule out a move for Ronaldo. We’ve considered it, we all love Ronaldo but the strategy is different. We’ve a clear idea, philosophy of how our squad should be put together.”
Ronaldo now has one less potential destination to choose from, but that won’t worry him since there would be a lot more interested parties queuing up at his doorsteps. Chelsea, who were heavily linked with the former Real Madrid star in the summer are ready to reignite their interest. The Blues’ American owner Todd Boehly was the one who pressed for the Portugal captain’s signing, only for their former manager Thomas Tuchel to resist the lure.
Now that Tuchel’s gone and Graham Potter’s in, Chelsea are also in need of a serious goalscorer, someone like Cristiano Ronaldo who can still get them 20-odd goals from the remainder of the season. Potter too has not ruled out the possibility completely unlike his predecessor per multiple reports. However, there are more offers expected to be received by Ronaldo, who is slated to make his decision only after he returns from Qatar.