Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to Manchester CITY for just £25m by his agent Jorge Mendes as a sensational alternative to Harry Kane, claim reports in Italy – with champions set to walk away from the deal if Spurs hold firm on £150m price
- Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to Manchester City, according to reports
- The 36-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Juventus this season
- Jorge Mendes has reportedly claimed Ronaldo is available for just £25million
- Ronaldo spent six seasons and scored 118 goals for City’s rivals Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has offered the Juventus forward to Manchester City this summer, according to a sensational report in Italy.
The Portuguese forward has just 10 months left to run on his £25.5million-a-year contract at the Old Lady and his future in Turin is far from certain, having been linked with moves to PSG, Real Madrid and former club Manchester United in the past.
City, meanwhile, are looking for a new star striker, with Tottenham and England’s Harry Kane their top target. Sportsmail revealed this week that Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to make an improved offer on the £100m bid that was rejected earlier this summer, but Spurs are paying hardball over their £150m price tag.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to Manchester City this summer, according to reports
Pep Guardiola (above) is looking for a new striker after Sergio Aguero’s departure this year
But according to Corriere dello Sport, Ronaldo representative Mendes has offered City an alternative option by declaring that the 36-year-old could turn out in the blue half of Manchester this season.
The report says Juventus would be willing to sell Ronaldo for just £25m this summer given he has just one year left on his contract, with the Serie A giants also keen on cutting the Portuguese striker’s hefty wages loose.
A potential Ronaldo move to City would be a hugely controversial transfer given the 36-year-old spent six successful seasons at the Premier League club’s arch-rivals, Manchester United, scoring 118 goals in 292 games between 2003 and 2009.
Ronaldo has always held a strong bond with the United fans, so a move to the Etihad Stadium would be seen as a betrayal.
Ronaldo’s (left) agent Jorge Mendes (right) reportedly says his client is available for £25million
Ronaldo spent six years and scored 118 goals at City’s rivals Manchester United until 2009
The 36-year-old is preparing for the new Serie A season with Juventus after six-time Serie A champion Massimiliano Allegri returned to the club after two years away.
Allegri also guided the Old Lady to two Champions League finals in his first spell at the club – in 2015 and 2017 – with Ronaldo failing to win the tournament he has won five times in his career in the past three seasons.
City’s priority signing in the striker role remains Kane, who is set to return for Spurs on Thursday for their UEFA Europa Conference League tie with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira.
City are yet to improve upon their £100m informal offer to Spurs earlier in the summer. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy values Kane at a minimum of £150m and will not entertain offers south of that.
As it stands, City are unwilling to match Tottenham’s valuation, though they do intend to make an improved offer before the window closes at the end of the month.
City’s main striker target is Tottenham talisman Harry Kane (above) who is rated at £150million
And City chiefs are ready to tell their Spurs counterparts that they are unlikely to renew their efforts to sign Kane next summer if they fail this month.
Etihad chiefs believe they will get full value out of a mega-money swoop for Kane this transfer window with the striker’s age becoming an increasingly important factor in any move next year.
Kane turns 29 before the start of next season, which would likely result in City cooling their interest in 2022.
City are in desperate need of a striker after losing 1-0 in their opening Premier League match to a Kane-less Tottenham on Sunday, with Ferran Torres and out of favour Gabriel Jesus failing to find the net in north London.
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