It’s no longer news that Cristiano Ronaldo is now a Manchester United player for the second time in his career after completing a move from Juventus about 2 weeks ago.
The move accelerated so quickly as Ronaldo was strongly linked with Man City just less than 24 hours before agreeing a deal with Man Utd.
Reputable Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has revealed what went on behind the scenes that facilitated Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United:
According to Balague, CR7 and his agent Jorge Mendes “were negotiating with City. It was their destination of choice and Pep could see the Portuguese striker scoring more than 40 goals a season”
“Juventus opened the doors for him. They had spent two seasons looking for a buyer for him even though they later denied it through friendly newspapers in Italy”.
“The potential move was something that had been discussed between European sporting directors and was even the subject of comment in the WhatsApp group shared by the Presidents of European clubs”.
“But before City could sign him they they had to address an over abundance of attacking players they had at the club (Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Ferran, B. Silva, Mahrez and Grealish). They needed to sell one of them. By the way, Barcelona, with Laporta at the helm, tried to get¡ Sterling, Jesus or Bernardo Silva although they quickly gave up (no money!)”
“City began to make some calls to sell a forward knowing they were running out of time and there were few options to find buyers for players like Silva, Jesus or Mahrez.”
“Mendes and Ronaldo wanted to go to City more than anywhere else but they had to prepare a plan B”
“United had not considered signing Ronaldo but when they knew he was available they felt that he could only – should only – move to United”
“United offered a better salary than City (less than he was earning at Juve) and they were delighted with €15 + 8million that Juventus were asking for. Cristiano didn’t have a return to Old Trafford clear in his own mind but wanted to leave Juve above anything else”
“When it became clear City were not able to sell at least one of their players Mendes told City that they would be accepting United’s offer. The rest is history”
That phonecall from Sir. Alex Ferguson did matter at the end. Man Utd have their number 7 ba