Super agent Jorge Mendes has ‘made contact’ with Manchester City over a possible transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo – according to reports.
Having already spent £100million on Jack Grealish this summer, key figures responsible for incomings and outgoings at the Etihad Stadium were dealt a hammer blow in their follow-up pursuit for Harry Kane.
Indeed, despite identifying the England captain as a priority target, the 28 year old will now remain in London this season after posting an update on social media.
Seemingly, that has opened the door for Ronaldo to return to Manchester from Juventus.
A legend across this football city at Old Trafford, the Portuguese sensation has been constantly linked with a move away from Serie A – prompting French publication L’Equipe to report that Ronaldo himself is keen on a switch to the Etihad Stadium.
Following up on those suggestions, renowned Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano claims Mendes has strove to hold talks with the Premier League champions.
However, he also states Juventus are ‘convinced’ Ronaldo will remain in Turin this summer window, while City have ‘no intention to pay any fee’ for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Meanwhile, contrasting those reports, Italian publication DiMarzio suggest Juventus could be open to cashing in on Ronaldo for around £25million.
Underlining the above directive from Mendes, too, it’s thought the Old Lady might even consider a swap deal.
In the same report – as cited by The Daily Star – it’s claimed City are willing to grant a departure for Raheem Sterling which would free up wages, funds and the iconic number 7 shirt Ronaldo wears.
Juventus, though, would prefer to set their sights on Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus if any agreement can be struck up between the two clubs involved.
Having started his career at Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo first touched down in the Premier League – with Manchester United – as an 18-year-old prospect in 2003.
He went on to score 118 goals and provide 69 assists for the Old Trafford club, over 292 games, before reaching even greater heights with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, 36, has been a Juventus player since 2018 and has netted 109 times for his beloved Portugal.