Manchester United have no plans to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo, despite recent reports.
Transfer gossip columns have been filled this week by the suggestion United could look to sign the five-times Ballon d’Or winner in the next summer transfer window amid uncertainty over his future at Juventus.
A report in Argentina suggested Ronaldo was ‘tempted’ by the prospect of a return to Manchester while one outlet in Portugal even suggested United had made a ‘formal offer’ to bring the superstar back to Old Trafford.
However, MEN Sport understand that not to be the case with United sources laughing off the suggestion any deal was currently being discussed.
Ronaldo’s future at Juventus has been questioned amid reports the Italian club will look to slash their hefty wage bill at the end of the season to help ease the financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. As their highest earner it makes sense why Ronaldo would be the one linked with an exit, although he is currently contracted to the club until the summer of 2022.
His current contract situation at Juventus means United would not only have to match his high wage demands themselves but also pay a transfer fee to secure his exit.
It makes the prospect of a deal highly unlikely considering United did not sign Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window over similar concerns about the overall cost of such a deal in the coronavirus financial climate.
United made it clear to Borussia Dortmund at the start of the window there was a strict limit to their budget in the current economic environment, which has seen both matchday and commercial revenues plummet during the calendar year, but a compromise couldn’t be found.
The reports also come in the same week in which United posted their latest batch of financial results with revenues down 20 per cent for the three months ending September 30, at £109million compared to £135.4m a year ago.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant disruption, we are optimistic that the recovery and normalisation phase is gradually coming into view,” a statement from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward read.
“The club’s resilience and our strong commercial business continue to provide a solid foundation and gives us confidence in our long-term outlook beyond the pandemic, both on and off the pitch.”
Although the club are in a better position than most it seems unlikely they will make such a superstar signing while matchday and commercial revenues continue to take such a massive hit.
United backed Solskjaer with five new signings in the summer transfer window, taking their total net spend over the past three transfer windows to €220m – more than any other major club in Europe during that timeframe.