The uncertainty surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Man Utd is putting off transfer targets, according to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs.
Ronaldo asked the Red Devils hierarchy earlier this summer if he could leave the club if they receive a ‘satisfactory’ offer for his services.
The only reported concrete offer has come from an unnamed Saudi Arabian side, which was of no interest to Ronaldo, who is seeking Champions League football.
Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have all been linked at various points over the last month or so but no-one has put an offer on the table for the Man Utd striker.
And now Jacobs has provided an update on his situation with the journalist seeming to suggest that a stay at Man Utd is the most likely outcome as things stand.
In a series of tweets, Jacobs said: “Still no concrete offers or even (Champions League) options for Cristiano Ronaldo. Diego Simeone dodged answering when asked directly if a transfer was still possible. Atleti have always called a move for CR7 ‘problematic’ & distanced themselves. Ronaldo open to Atleti despite Madrid links.
“Ronaldo would also love a switch to Bayern but even with Robert Lewandowski gone there is no chance of this happening. Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn says he would not ‘fit our philosophy’.
“Ronaldo also offered to Barcelona prior to Lewandowski’s arrival and Chelsea (Thomas Tuchel wasn’t convinced). Chelsea focusing on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for now. £25m asking price remains a stumbling block. High-price partly down to the fact Xavi isn’t especially keen to sell.
“There is also no truth Manchester United are considering terminating Ronaldo’s contract. And club not open to Ronaldo negotiating free agency (and nor is Ronaldo). Ronaldo’s side clear: he wants to move but without any formal offers he’ll keep playing. He has to in a World Cup year.
“As previously reported, Ronaldo prepared to take a 30% pay cut for Champions League. That isn’t enough to tempt suitors. Mendes may still try for a loan, something Erik ten Hag isn’t totally against despite public comments reiterating Ronaldo is part of his plans. But wages still the issue.
“Manchester United won’t let Ronaldo go unless it makes financial sense. They won’t pay a % of loan wages to aid a transfer. Club still say he’ll be at Old Trafford when the window shuts, and until an actual offer materialises that stance won’t be tested.
“Lots of targets also asking for clarity on Ronaldo’s future. The uncertainty has impacted Manchester United’s window all summer.”