- United legend Ronaldo has asked the club to consider any serious offers this summer as he wants to pursue more silverware
- The clubs’ failures in the transfer market are reportedly a major concern for Ronaldo, as Barcelona confirm key target De Jong is staying put
- Deals for Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen are understood to be close, although key targets Antony, Lisandro Martinez and now De Jong seem unlikely
Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to leave Manchester United this summer, pointing to the club’s inability to challenge for major trophies in the season ahead.
The Portuguese legend is understood to be un-impressed with the club’s lack of transfer activity. Thirteen players have left United this summer without a single new signing arriving. Ronaldo’s announcement follows statements from Barcelona confirming that key transfer target Frenkie de Jong will not be joining United this summer.
The 37-year-old, now in the twilight of his career, still has the urge to compete for major honours, something he feels is unlikely should he remain at the Old Trafford club.
No official statements have been made at this stage, although sources are confirming that United have no interest in selling, and expect Ronaldo to see out the remainder of contract which expires next summer.
The news will come as a major blow to new manager Erik ten Hag, the dutchman has so far struggled to tempt players to join his new project, whilst the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham have got their business done early.
United have a deal in place for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia which is expected to be completed soon. Frenkie de Jong’s move to Old Trafford also seemed to be progressing, with a basic deal understood to be in place with Barcelona. Yesterday’s comments from president Joan Laporta however suggest the player will remain in Catalunya or even move to another interested club.
“He is a Barça player, one of the best in the world in his position, according to the experts. We know that there are clubs that want him, not just Manchester United, and we have no intention of selling,” Laporta said.
“We know that he wants to stay and the criteria of the player is very important. He is comfortable in Barcelona and as little as we can, I would do everything I can to make him stay.
“What you have to look at is the salary level of some players who do not suit those who we want, but that is another discussion that has to be faced. Frenkie has a world level.”
With one month to go to start the season there is still ample time for United to get their business done. Moves for Ajax’s winger Antony and centre back Lisandro Martinez are being discussed, although Ten Hag’s former employers are holding out for sizable transfer fees for both players.
Free agent Christian Eriksen is also a target, and has been offered a lucrative £150k per week package to move to the north west. The former Brentford man is also understood to be biding his time and waiting to see the calibre of player United can attract.
All eyes will be on United this July, a marquee signing could well open the door to a number of new arrivals.