Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer has resisted any attempts by the club to part ways with Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report from Manchester Evening News.
The Portuguese forward is looking to depart Old Trafford this summer off the back of what was a disappointing campaign on his return to the red half of Manchester after a combined 12 years away with Real Madrid and then Juventus.
However, Ronaldo has been unsuccessful in his quest to leave the 20-time Premier League champions this summer and could be resigned to seeing out the final year of his contract with United’s owners determined to keep hold of him.
Ronaldo is expected to continue to keep pushing for a move away from his current employers, who have started the 2022/23 league season on the back foot having lost both of their opening two matches, most recently a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Brentford.
Keeping Ronaldo against his will would do more harm than good for Manchester United
In what is undoubtedly the lowest point United have been in a long while, drastic measures are currently needed at the Theatre of Dreams and one of them is getting rid of players who are keen to opt-out.
Ronaldo stated his desire to leave earlier in the window and it is safe to say that his stance on that will not be changing anytime soon, especially in the wake of United’s poor transfer business and their woeful start to the season.
Consequently, it would be in the best interest of all parties if the 37-year-old is allowed to move on to avoid unnecessary rancour in the dressing room.
Ronaldo’s departure would also, or at least should also, serve as a wake-up call to the United hierarchy who have a lot of work on their hands if Erik ten Hag’s men will ever return to their glory days of yesteryears.
With just over two weeks before the end of the current transfer window, there is still just enough time for United to sanction the sale of Ronaldo and get a replacement for last season’s top scorer.
The Red Devils are believed to be closing in on a deal for Matheus Cunha, while Jamie Vardy and Alvaro Morata have recently emerged as potential targets and the club have also been linked with a move for Antoine Griezmann.
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