Chelsea is said to have prepared an offer of PS 14m for Manchester United wanted-away star Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United icon No. 7 has been singled out for a surprise position following Man United’s exempting its club icon for a preseason move amidst intense Blues transfer talks. United’s icon has reportedly asked to leave United this summer, the forward keen to keep playing Premier League football. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has already named United’s iconic No. 7 one of the greatest players amidst tumultuous transfer talks between new owners Todd Boehly and super-agent Jorge Mendes.
Old Trafford is unwilling to sell the 37-year-old to Chelsea as they view manager Thomas Tuchel as the immediate challenger in 2023-24 for a place in the UEFA Champions League qualifying tournament. Now managed by Eric Ten Hag, Old Trafford would play Europa League football, which played an essential part in wanting him. Meanwhile, United’s Cristiano Ronaldo missed United’s fourth straight training session, with reliable journalists such as Fabrizio Romano reporting he will not join the squad when they leave on a preseason tour to Thailand and Australia.
According to The Guardian, Cristiano Ronaldo will not be accompanying his Manchester United colleagues on their preseason trip. The Portuguese forward is apparently coping with a continual family crisis for which the club has granted him further time off, which indicates he will not be joining the team for practising or heading to Thailand anytime soon. It’s unclear whether Ronaldo will participate in Manchester United’s preseason. The club has a hectic calendar in July, beginning with a meeting with Liverpool in Bangkok on July 12, followed by a tour of Australia and one-off matches in Norway and also at home in Manchester.
Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus last season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions. However, his goal-scoring form was insufficient to avoid a sixth-place finish in the Premier League with failure to qualify for the Champions League. With 141 UCL goals, the 37-year-old is undoubtedly spending his last years at the highest level. Football stars such as David Beckham, Philipp Lahm, Andres Iniesta, and many more competed in minor divisions after age 35, as related to the elite Europe level. Such is not the situation with the Portugal legend, who was performing well despite being 37 years old and playing in the Premier League. PSG superstar Lionel Messi, on the other hand, is just 125 goals, 16 behind Ronaldo in the UCL. Tony Cascarino, a former Chelsea striker, says Ronaldo wants to surpass Messi as the all-time highest scorer in Champions League history.
However, the Red Devils were trapped with everyday headlines about whether Ronaldo is going or not. Some supporters urge that they release the Portuguese icon, whereas others argue that his action demonstrates his selfishness.