Gossip: Ronaldo’s fury over striker plans; Silva’s Barca link

Date published: Saturday 25th November 2017 8:29

Cristiano Ronaldo has been a busy boy. Aside from running his baby factory, apparently, he has been putting spanners in the works of a number of Real Madrid transfer deals while also negotiating his own exit from the Bernabeu.

Real have made a poor start to the season, with the champions currently sitting in third, 10 points behind Barcelona. Ronaldo’s form has been below par, prompting the club to consider January reinforcements to bolster their attack.

Robert Lewandowski is said to fancy a move from Bayern Munich and Real are said to be willing to make that happen. But, according to Don Balon, Ronaldo is furious at the prospect of the Pole taking away any of the spotlight.

Not only is he not happy about the link with Lewandowski, he has also blocked Real from pursuing Mauro Icardi, supposedly because the Inter Milan attacker is mates with Lionel Messi. Is Ronaldo really that petty? Oh.

So, according to Dario Gol, Ronaldo has taken his bat and ball to Paris, with talks supposedly having taken place between the Portuguese star and PSG, who are just crying out for more egos in their dressing room…


Real are not the only ones eyeing up Icardi. The Sun rehash a line from earlier this month that Chelsea are prepping a £100million bid for the striker who has scored 13 goals in 13 Serie A games this season.

All the big hitters have been monitoring the 24-year-old, though it is said his preferred destination would be Real Madrid. Not if Cristiano has anything to do with it.

Anyway, Luciano Spalletti fancies him to stick around at the San Siro, saying yesterday: “I am convinced he can stay at Inter forever.”


Ronaldo is not the only player to be doubling up as his club’s recruitment guru. Messi is also sticking his nose in at Barca.

The story goes that the Argentina star wants Barca to bring Bernardo Silva to the Nou Camp, despite the Portugal playmaker only moving to Manchester City in the summer.

Diario Gol say a move could be made easier by the fact that Silva’s agent is Jorge Mendes who also represents Barca players Andre Gomes and Nelson Semedo. Nothing to see here then…


Fiorentina are the latest side to show interest in Henry Onyekuru, the Everton striker on loan at Anderlecht, following in the footsteps of Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus…Alan Pardew is close to joining West Brom as their new manager, having met the club twice this week to discuss the role…Tony Pulis is being lined up by Swansea to replace Paul Clement as manager, should they decide to sack the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich assistant coach…Manchester City are closing in on a huge £50m-a-year kit deal with Puma that will help them to close the commercial gap on rivals Manchester United…Emre Can has agreed a deal with Juventus, and is likely to move to the Italian champions when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season…Manchester United are set to miss out on Mesut Ozil, with Barcelona ready to sign him on a £350,000-a-week pre-contract in January – despite Arsene Wenger’s denial that a deal had already been agreed.

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