Ronaldo at the Euros, (c) Juventus Twitter.

Juventus set to sell Cristiano Ronaldo as summer exit looks imminent

Juventus are open to the idea of selling their most expensive signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the off-season as he seeks new pastures too.

Juventus have extended Alvaro Morata’s loan from Atletico Madrid by one more season in what happens to be their first bit of transfer business this summer. The Bianconeri are expected to undergo a serious revamp prior to the 2021/22 campaign’s kick-off in a bid to recover from a sloppy season in the preceding year, which saw them win just one trophy.

Andrea Pirlo could not salvage his job despite winning the Coppa Italia as a fourth-placed finish in the Serie A as well as elimination in the Champions League’s round of 16 cast the die over his future. He has now been replaced by Massimiliano Allegri, who will be given a considerable amount of freedom to rebuild his roster in the ongoing transfer window.

Marca has claimed that as part of the Old Lady of Turin’s overhauling, Cristiano Ronaldo will be allowed to leave. The Portugal international desires a new challenge for himself after a substandard season at the Allianz Stadium. In addition to that, he has had little success over three years in the Champions League while at Turin, which further explains his desire.

Ronaldo, although initially in the next season’s plans for Juventus, will not be stopped from parting company with the club now. The 36-year-old earns a gross wage of 60 million euros annually, which has put a considerable load on the board’s ambitions in the transfer window and more so after the significant losses which they have incurred due to the pandemic.

In addition to that, the Portuguese international had previously mentioned his displeasure at being a part of Max Allegri’s system. With the 53-year-old’s return to his former club, Ronaldo may once again have to play in a system which he did not prefer. That, coupled with Juve’s financial issues point towards an imminent ending of the two’s association.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s next destinations are limited to just one of two- Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain. The Red Devils would happily welcome their former superstar back and can afford his transfer, whereas the less said about PSG’s wealth and competency, the better. Plus, both clubs can offer the likes of Mauro Icardi and Paul Pogba in a swap deal.

Previously, a dramatic return to Real Madrid was seen as an option for Ronaldo, who was himself keen on making a move back to Spain. However, club president Florentino Perez deemed such a transfer “impossible”. Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, is expected to be in Milan in the next few days to discuss his client’s future and resolve the matter soon.

At present, Ronaldo is busy with national commitments as he is part of Portugal’s squad for the Euro 2020. He has already scored five times in three outings so far and faces Belgium on Sunday in the competition’s round of 16. With clarity over his future likely to be available soon, where do you think the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner will play next season and beyond?