Juventus: Pirlo comments on Ronaldo's display
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Juventus are reportedly willing to sell Cristiano Ronaldo for just £25million this summer as they look to offload the Portuguese superstar. Things have not entirely gone to plan for Ronaldo in Turin despite winning two Serie A titles, with Juve failing on the European stage.
Ronaldo was ultimately signed to help the Old Lady win the competition but since his arrival they’ve been eliminated at the hands of Ajax, Lyon and Porto.
Now Juventus are facing a host of financial struggles as they look to overhaul their squad at the end of the season.
The Italian giants will need to clear the decks and as it stands there are only four guaranteed survivors in the form of Wojciech Szczesny, Matthijs de Ligt, Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie.
Ronaldo has just one year remaining on his current Juventus deal but his £495,000-a-week wages are now beginning to prove a hinderance.
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It’s understood that the board are planning to sit down with Ronaldo in the coming months to discuss his future.
Corriere dello Sport claim that Juventus would actually be willing to sell their star man and would demand £25m (€29m for his services).
Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has already admitted that Ronaldo’s future is not a priority.
He said: “There’s still another year of contract [expiring in June 2022]. Cristiano’s contract renewal is not an immediate issue on the agenda, there’s time to talk about it.”
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Only a small collection of clubs in world football would be able to afford Ronaldo’s current salary.
One of those is of course Real Madrid, where Ronaldo spent nine years before joining Juventus for £88m in 2018.
Reports in Spain suggest that Jorge Mendes has already reached out to Florentino Perez, to see if a return to the Bernabeu is possible.
“Jorge Mendes has spoken with Real Madrid about the possibility of Cristiano returning,” Josep Pedrerol said on El Chiringuito.
Paris Saint-Germain have also maintained a strong relationship with super-agent Mendes over the years.
The Ligue 1 champions have the financial muscle to facilitate this signing of Ronaldo but it appears a lucrative swoop for Lionel Messi is more likely.
His Barcelona deal is up this summer and as it stands, he looks set to quit in search of a new challenge.
Both PSG and Manchester City are his two likely destinations if Barca fail to convince him to stay.
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