When first the news came out in Portugal that Cristiano Ronaldo is considering leaving Real Madrid due to Spanish authorities investigating him for tax evasion, no body believed it but the topic has gained momentum since then with other publications across Europe adding meat and fire to the story.
The transfer fee varies depending on sources between 120 to 400 million Euros for a 32 year old and not many teams can really afford such a high transfer fee and Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary demands. Amongst the clubs are Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan. But not all would even consider to bid for Ronaldo.
As one would expect, the first club mentioned as a possible destination is CR7’s former club Manchester United, where in manager Jose Mourinho there is a fellow Portuguese and a former Real Madrid coach. Cristiano Ronaldo has said more than once that he has a special relationship to United and in 2012 the club tried to bring him back, but he stayed at Real Madrid.
The Red Devils and Los Blancos are already in transfer negotiations in regard to keeper David De Gea and Alvaro Morata potentially switching clubs. A CR7 discussion could certainly feature in these talks.
Then there is Paris Saint-Germain. The Qatari owners and CR7 have met in the past and his agent Jorge Mendes keeps a close relationship PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, a club who wants to be amongst the elite in Europe and signing Cristiano would make that happen.
Then there are the surprise mentions. Amongst them are Premier League champions Chelsea, who could do with a new striker after the likely departure of Diego Costa; or Bayern Munich, who are coached by Carlo Ancelotti, a favourite of CR7 and then there are the potential surprise bidders in AC Milan and Inter Milan, both having the backing of new Chinese owners.
And finally there are the overseas options in the Chinese Super League and the North American MLS. CSL clubs would break the bank to land Cristiano Ronaldo, while in the MLS it could be a commercial deal which is a win-win for both sides.
But if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid at all or not, we’ll have to wait and watch…