Cristiano Ronaldo has made a decision on his future at Juventus after a poor season in which they finished fourth in the Serie A.
Juventus are set to have a change in managerial duties for a second season in a row as Andrea Pirlo’s sacking is only a matter of time. The Bianconeri are set to re-appoint Massimiliano Allegri, who has formerly manager and left in 2019. In truth, the 42-year-old has done a substandard job in Turin and his dismissal is not very surprising.
According to Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to follow the manager on his way out. The Portuguese wants to leave the Allianz Stadium in the summer and has already told his teammates about what his future holds. Manchester United, Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon have all been linked with signing the 36-year-old.
Florentino Perez has already shunned Ronaldo’s interest of returning to the Santiago Bernabeu, whereas Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, also said that the talks linking him with a return to his boyhood club, Sporting CP, were just smoke without fire. United though, could be an attractive destination for Ronaldo as they may sign a striker this summer.
Juventus would certainly prefer keeping Ronaldo considering how vital he was for them this season with his 29 goals, however, if he wishes to leave, the club will have little to no bargaining power. The Serie A top scorer from 2020/21 has a contract until June 2022 which means he can leave for free next year as opposed to being sold for a fee this time around.
Andrea Agnelli certainly faces a task on his hands because Juve may build on a sporting project considering their recent failures, especially in Europe, and Allegri’s re-appointment is perhaps a step in that direction. But Ronaldo’s ambitions are clearly for the shorter run considering his age and he may not want to stay in a team undergoing a rebuilding process.
Considering that Manchester United are logically the only team in the race to sign him, Juventus could try to get a return on their investment of over a 100 million euros on Ronaldo from three years ago. A transfer fee in the region of 50 million euros, plus, a relief on his lucrative wages could help them in making a good signing or two.
United on the other hand will have a player who scores nearly 40 goals a season. That will help them bridge the gap between success and failure in the knockout competitions, whilst realistically challenging their rivals for the Premier League title. Where do you think Cristiano Ronaldo will be plying his trade from the 2021/22 campaign?