Chelsea have been encouraged to “change their mind” on Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo as they need him if they are going to push for the title.
Ronaldo returned to Man Utd last summer for a second spell at the club. On a personal level, he impressed in 2021/22 as he netted 18 goals in 30 Premier League appearances.
But the team struggled as a whole. They ended up sixth in the Premier League and they failed to win a trophy.
The 37-year-old has made it clear that he wants to leave United this summer with him eager to play in the Champions League.
Chelsea have been linked with him but they have reportedly opted against bidding for the forward.
The Blues ended up 19 points adrift of Man City last term. They will be without Romelu Lukaku next season as he has returned to Inter Milan on loan.
Paul Merson thinks Ronaldo would be an ideal signing to “fill the role” at Chelsea:
“Chelsea won’t finish higher than third next season unless they sign a world-class striker,” Merson wrote for The Daily Star.
“And it is why they should change their mind on Cristiano Ronaldo because he is one player ideally suited to fill the role still on the market.
“Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Nathan Ake are all good players and they would all help Chelsea get better straight away. But it’s up front where they really need help because Kai Havertz isn’t really a striker for me and doesn’t guarantee you 20 goals a season. And that is something Ronaldo certainly would.
“You’ve got Ben Chilwell and Reece James, two of the best crossers of a ball in the world who can put the ball in the box. Who’s the best finisher in the world if you can put the ball in the box with quality? Ronaldo!
“Chelsea should go for him 100%. They play a certain way. It’s why Romelu Lukaku struggled – because there’s no space to run into. But Ronaldo would thrive. At Manchester United he had to start from the halfway line to score a goal because they don’t dominate. But that’s not his game any more.
“At Chelsea he wouldn’t have to beat three players to get a sight of goal. Put Ronaldo in that team with James and Chilwell whipping balls in and who’s going to stop him?”