Atletico Madrid are said to be talking to Cristiano Ronaldo, while Manchester United edge closer to a deal for a £10million France international…
MADRID RETURN FOR RONALDO?
Just when it was starting to look like Cristiano Ronaldo was all out of options and a return to the Manchester United fold was inevitable, along came Diego Simeone…
Atletico Madrid are keen to give the 37-year-old the Old Trafford exit he wants this summer, despite the United board’s insistence that he’s not for sale. That’s the story according to AS, at least.
The report does, however, illustrate how difficult Atletico might find it to reach an agreement with the Red Devils. The Rojiblancos are already struggling to shift players during a summer in which they need to make a few euros. Prior to their interest in Ronaldo, they needed to bring in around £35million.
But Atletico have gone from being ‘bystanders’ to making firm contact with Ronaldo’s representatives, and the Portugal megastar is not averse to the move despite his links with Real.
Or could it be that Ronaldo’s representatives are using Atletico the same way they used City a year ago in the hope that, like United, Real might be suckered into buying him?
Time for Cristiano Ronaldo to dig for humility and consider Manchester United return
UNITED FOCUS ON LENS DEFENDER
United are still squirrelling away trying to add to Erik ten Hag’s squad ahead of the new season, which kicks off in two and a half weeks.
There is no movement on Frenkie De Jong, with the Independent reporting that Barca are still refusing to cough up the £17million they owe the Holland star in deferred wages, despite the club splurging on new players.
United are, though, making some progress with Jonathan Clauss. The France right-back is up for grabs having entered the final year of his contract at Lens.
Chelsea, Wolves and Marseille have all been credited with an interest, with OM reportedly having upped their offer for the defender to £9.3million.
But Pedro Almeida claims it is United who are nearing an agreement to sign the 29-year-old who only played top-flight football for the first time two years ago.
CHELSEA CLOSE ON KOUNDE
Chelsea are also making some long-overdue progress with a defensive target. But not enough…
The Blues have been linked with Jules Kounde for the last God-knows-how-many windows but it seems now is the time to poo or get off the pot since Barcelona are also intent on making a move.
Sport says Chelsea have made a move, submitting a £47million offer to Sevilla. But the Spaniards are still holding out for £51million. With the two parties as close as they are, a deal, or at least a compromise, seems easy to achieve.
Chelsea are also keen to land Presnel Kimpembe and it was claimed yesterday that they have make a £40million offer for the centre-back, despite PSG wanting something closer to £50million.