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Cristiano Ronaldo wants Manchester United to sign Federico Chiesa from Juventus, it has been claimed. The Portugal international played alongside the Italian winger at Juventus. And though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad is full of attacking talent, the veteran wants another dressing room ally.
At present, United have one of the best attacks in the whole of world football.
They signed Ronaldo back in the summer transfer window, luring the Portugal international back to Old Trafford after 12 years away.
And they also signed Jadon Sancho, too, with the forward moving from Borussia Dortmund in a huge £73million switch.
Now, Solskjaer has plenty of options.
As well as Sancho and Ronaldo, he also has Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Amad and Anthony Elanga as options.
There’s even Juan Mata, who is still at the club despite the Spain international no longer being the player he was.
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But while that’s the case, Calciomercato.it claim that Ronaldo wants Chiesa to join him at Old Trafford.
The Italy international joined Juventus in 2020 and has flourished during his time in Turin so far, scoring 15 goals and clocking up 11 assists last term.
Ronaldo is said to have been impressed by Chiesa and wants United to secure his signature.
And Ivan Reggiani, who has previously been referred to as an agent or intermediary, has opened up on the situation.
“I think there are very serious and important foreign pressures on him,” he said.
“Appreciated across the Channel [in England], he is heavily supported by Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“I think Federico can leave Juventus very soon. It can easily exceed one hundred million.
“There are not only United: there are two to three clubs that could reach €120-130m.”
United may have to offload one of their attackers if they’re to bring Chiesa through the door.
Cavani is expected to leave at the end of the campaign, having previously been backed to leave the club earlier this year.
He eventually opted to stay, rather than move on, but has since lost his place in Solskjaer’s starting XI to Ronaldo.
Martial has struggled over the past 18 months, with the France international failing to realise his potential.
And Amad could be allowed to leave on loan, having come close to joining Feyenoord before the summer transfer window shut.
Meanwhile, regarding Ronaldo, Gary Neville thinks his decision to storm off the field after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton will up the pressure on Solskjaer’s shoulders.
“I watched him walk off and I can’t say I like it,” he said.
“Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Of course.
“We know those things. He doesn’t have to prove that.
“He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which throws the questions up in the air – what’s he saying? Who is he annoyed with?
“It can only come back to the manager. Actions like that – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring real pressure on the manager, more pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under.
“I think that is something that just has to be managed in the next couple of months.
“Cristiano is not always going to score, he’s maybe not going to play every single game.
“But I think if he walks off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Solskjaer. There’s no doubt the talk after the game was about the manager.
“He has this collection of players but they haven’t got this style of play, they haven’t got this or that.”
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