Will Sporting Lisbon offer Cristiano Ronaldo a Manchester United exit?

According to British media reports Manchester United have made a U-turn and decided to put Cristiano Ronaldo on the transfer list after a disastrous start to the season that left Erik ten Hag’s side bottom in the Premier League. Old Trafford’s board refused Let the Portuguese captain go than he was touted earlier in the summer but their position has now changed after the two defeats, culminates in one 4-0 against Brentfordthat have left players demoralized and Ten Hag is facing an unwanted scrutiny after just two official games into his tenure.

BBC Sport reports United’s hierarchy sees part of the blame on Ronaldo himself and have concluded that the best thing for the club to do is grant him his wish to exit the market now in the remaining 15 days of the market. The BBC claims United now believe Ronaldo’s presence at Old Trafford is having a negative effect on the dressing room and explained that he hardly ever communicates with his teammates now. A tense shoulder press between Ronaldo and Ten Hag immediately after the Brentford loss grabbed the headlines The Portuguese is apparently not a big fan of the Dutch tactician.

The BBC adds that United believe nothing will change for the better unless Ronaldo leaves Old Trafford and that even if this is done without time for a replacement, the Board considers that it is due to a Brightening the mood in the wardrobe.

Where could Cristiano Ronaldo go?

Ronaldo has been pushing for a transfer all summer, largely because of his desire to play in the Champions League but also due to tensions with Ten Hag and some of his teammates. Among his reported suitors were Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Napoli and Chelsea But none of those sites went as far as making a specific offer. Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes Sounded out both AC Milan and Inter Recently, however, Serie A sides have been put off by the financial implications of signing the Portuguese star.

That leaves Ronaldo – and United – in something of a conundrum with just two weeks left of the transfer market. There are few clubs that can afford to play against the Portuguese, so he may need to consider significantly reducing his salary demands to secure a move. However, the most obvious goal might be a return to Real Madrid Florentino Pérez is unlikely to risk knocking over the apple cart with Karim Benzema as the firm leader of the team and without the all-time top scorer under Carlo Ancelotti, things are going perfectly.

Sporting Lisbon, Ronaldo’s youth club, can offer Champions League football but not much else on the economic front. Nostalgia and the opportunity to play for a competitive side in a World Cup year may win, but Ronaldo seems unwilling to undercut himself so far this summer. However, with the The Portuguese has decided his time at United is up and the club now appear to agreehe may have no choice but to lower his demands or take a loan agreement, anything Sports President Frederico Varandas might well decide to take a look.

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