Serie A giants AC Milan and Inter Milan turned down the chance to sign Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, Corriere dello Sport claim.
The Portugal international reportedly asked to leave United at the beginning of last month amid his desire to play Champions League football for a 20th straight season.
In this period, a number of clubs were offered his services by super-agent Jorge Mendes, and it is now revealed that Milan and Inter were among those that were contacted.
Ronaldo is an admirer of the history of both clubs as well as the city, but the Milan giants made it clear that they can’t afford to pursue his services in the current transfer window.
As per Corriere, the duo had no plans of paying Ronaldo a net salary of €24 million per year. They also don’t have the benefit of the Italian Growth Decree for the 37-year-old.
Ronaldo did not renew his Italian residency when he left Juventus last summer. As a result, both clubs would need to pay a gross salary of €45m to meet his salary requirements.
Aside from the duo, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are all said to have turned down the opportunity to land the €30m-rated star this summer.
Ronaldo looks on course to stay with Man Utd
Ronaldo’s future has been a regular topic of speculation over the past six weeks, but there has been no indication whatsoever that any club can prise away from the Red Devils.
Even if United give the green light for a transfer, there are no clubs across Europe that would be willing to meet his wage demands. It would present a big risk at the current phase of his career.
Hence, he looks on course to continue with United this term, and the club need to make the most of his services. So far, it has been a nightmarish start with back-to-back league defeats.
The latest 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Brentford suggests that it could be a long and difficult season for the club. The board must pursue more reinforcements before the transfer deadline.
That alone won’t sort the current situation. Manager Erik ten Hag also needs to get extra training sessions with the current squad such that they can improve at the back as well as up front.
There are more concerns defensively with a lack of cohesion. Regardless of this, Ronaldo still remains a crucial member of the squad, having netted a stunning 24 goals in the recent campaign.
Despite being 37, he is still one of the best strikers in the business. Ten Hag has insisted that Ronaldo is going nowhere, and the Portuguese will be key to securing a top-four finish this term.
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