Todd Boehly presents final Cristiano Ronaldo Ultimatum after clear indication from agent
Todd Boehly presents final Cristiano Ronaldo Ultimatum after clear indication from agent.
In a bid to make his dream come true at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly may have one more chance to sign his dream player.
As the club goes back to its competitive era, Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku next summer; but, if Boehly still wants to get Cristiano Ronaldo, he may only have one month to do so.
Since announcing his desire to leave the club over the summer in order to compete for titles and participate in the Champions League, the Portuguese attacker has been at the center of transfer rumours.
His age, earnings, allegiances, and club interests meant that options were not as readily available as he had hoped.
The London club were among those who made inquiries about Ronaldo, however, Tuchel had his reasons for waving the red flag.
Agent Jorge Mendes approached the American, who was backed by new co-owner Boehly and a desire to make an immediate first impression in the market. When Boehly returned to Chelsea, he encountered stiff opposition from Thomas Tuchel.
With the German no longer on the team after being fired just days after signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instead, Boehly may want to pitch the idea to Potter.
However, the dialogue would have to be definitive, since the Telegraph reports that Manchester United is now eager to split ways with their forward.
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If the perspectives coincide, a January move is not out of the question, but making a decision on Ronaldo without a director of football in place is dangerous.
Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly not an integral part of Erik Ten Hag’s plan for this season at Old Trafford, the player is mostly deployed in the Europa League action after earlier stating that he was not for sale and would not be leaving.
According to new manager Erik ten Hag, he was an unused replacement in the 6-3 Manchester derby loss on Sunday “out of respect for his career.”
Although United’s position has softened, whether or not this makes a difference is debatable.
Ronaldo is no longer a popular option, and under high-pressing tactics, his lack of activity off the ball makes him less appealing to coaches. Potter likes a dynamic front line, which Ronaldo may not fit into.
With Aubameyang scoring his first goal for the club against Crystal Palace in the way that Chelsea has lacked for a long time, his reminder to fans that he isn’t done yet, even at 33, is timely.
Perhaps in a world without Aubameyang at Chelsea, Ronaldo would be taken more seriously, but with the Gabonese forward now first choice and gaining fitness, his goal could be all that is required to put an end to Boehly’s dream chase.