Manchester United’s nightmare summer continues as various reports now claim Cristiano Ronaldo wants out of Old Trafford.
The Portugal international only joined Man Utd last summer, but it seems he’s already eyeing the exit if an acceptable offer comes in for him, as he, somewhat unsurprisingly, wants to play in the Champions League.
There had been talk of Ronaldo possibly leaving a few months ago, with his former club Sporting Lisbon linked as an option for him, but that speculation had cooled once Erik ten Hag took over as manager.
The Dutch tactician could really do without a soap opera like this dominating the headlines in this first summer in charge at United, but this story is back now and the Red Devils surely have to start thinking about who could replace their legendary forward.
The problem for United is, there don’t seem to be too many options out there at the moment, and that could be a problem for sports betting fans as well, so perhaps a trip to Spinsify.com/uk would be the better option than trying to bet on Ronaldo’s replacement right now!
Last summer, there was some talk of a move for Harry Kane, though Manchester City quickly emerged as the Tottenham striker’s preferred option. In the end, that move didn’t materialise, but, fast forward a year later and Spurs are back in the Champions League, unlike United, and making progress under Antonio Conte. Why would Kane swap north London for the red half of Manchester now?
Erling Haaland was inevitably linked with MUFC as well, but ended up as City’s alternative to Kane. Darwin Nunez was thought to be a target for Ten Hag, but Liverpool were always the favourites and moved quickly to get the deal done.
Elsewhere, Richarlison might’ve been an option worth considering, but he’s gone to Tottenham. Gabriel Jesus is on his way to Arsenal, and City probably wouldn’t have sold to United anyway. Christopher Nkunku has signed a new contract at RB Leipzig, with a release clause not active until next summer. Robert Lewandowski would be a pipe dream – his agent has made it clear he only wants Barcelona, and Bayern Munich aren’t proving easy negotiators. Sebastien Haller from Ten Hag’s old club Ajax could’ve been a good fit, but he’s joined Borussia Dortmund.
After that, there isn’t really anyone left who’s realistic or good enough. This Ronaldo story has come at the worst possible time for United, and it poses a huge test for the club’s new manager and new-look recruitment team.