Super-agent Jorge Mendes has a clear mandate of finding a new club for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo in January, Gazzetta dello Sport claim.
The Portugal international was keen on leaving the Red Devils during the recent transfer window as he was desperate to play Champions League football for a 20th straight season.
However, there were no concrete offers on the table while United and manager Erik ten Hag were also content to keep him with no replacement being pursued.
Ronaldo has since netted just two goals across all competitions and it is now reported that the 37-year-old still has the desire to play in the Champions League.
The Portuguese is currently focused on his club duties ahead of possibly his final World Cup, but Mendes is working behind the scenes to find a new team for him.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are mentioned as possible candidates to land the five-time Champions League winner, who was recently hailed as ‘amazing‘ by Roy Keane.
Manchester United unlikely to part ways with Ronaldo in January
Ronaldo has endured a tough start to the season under Ten Hag. He has found starts hard to come by, but his fortunes could change after his goal last weekend.
Following an injury to Anthony Martial, the Portuguese was brought on against Everton at Goodison Park and he made the difference by bagging the match-winning goal.
It was his 700th at the club level, thus becoming the first player to do so. Ronaldo could now get an extended run in the line-up, provided he can retain his scoring form.
Meanwhile, we don’t believe a mid-season exit could be on the cards. Madrid president Florentino Perez has constantly ruled out the prospect of a reunion with Ronaldo.
Thomas Tuchel did not want Ronaldo at Stamford Bridge, but the scenario has somewhat changed with the German being replaced by Graham Potter as the manager.
Blues owner Todd Boehly could revive his interest in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, but that could also depend on the form of the current crop of strikers in the squad.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been firing up front, scoring in each of his last three games. If he continues his sparkling run, they may not need another marksman.
It seems likely that United will keep hold of Ronaldo until next summer. The decision could then be made to either trigger his 12-month option or release him for free.
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