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Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken with three Manchester City players ahead of a proposed transfer and his £26.5 million-a-year salary is no issue for the Premier League champions.
The 36-year-old has held conversations with Portuguese compatriots Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva and is confident that a deal will be finalised before the deadline on August 31st.
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner did not start for Juventus at the weekend in their 2-2 draw with Udinese; this has only heightened rumours that Ronaldo is ready to quit the Old Lady.
With the Portuguese's contract expiring in 2022, this summer presents the final opportunity for the Serie A giants to generate some much-needed funds from their star man.
L’Equipe report Ronaldo is seeking to engineer a move to Manchester City, but the deal all stems on if Pep Guardiola feels the need to abandon the move for Harry Kane.
A three-time Premier League winner with rivals Manchester United, Ronaldo is keen on a move back to England and has super-agent Jorge Mendes working overtime to oversee a deal.
There were initial concerns that his wage demands would be too high for the Citizens but the report confirms that the Portuguese's €31 million-a-year salary is 'no issue'.
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The champions are willing to meet his salary demands so that the transfer fee remains as low as possible.
A discussion about a potential swap deal has taken place with Juventus interested in City striker Gabriel Jesus.
But Guardiola does not want to lose his only forward at the club and is keen to hold onto the Brazilian.
Instead, Aymeric Laporte is to be proposed; the report states that his attitude is irritating certain key figures at the club.
However, Guardiola’s main priority is still Harry Kane.
And the Ronaldo transfer is fully dependent on the Spaniard pulling the plug on signing the England captain.
City have already had one bid of £125m rejected by Tottenham but are ready to test the waters again with an increased offer later this week.
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