According to ESPN, Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo are close to agreeing on a spectacular transfer to the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola and Ronaldo spoke on the phone on Thursday morning, according to ESPN sources, ahead of his likely departure from Juventus.
Although obstacles must be addressed before the transfer can be completed, including Juventus’ demand for a price, sources say there is cautious hope that a deal may be achieved.
Before allowing Ronaldo to depart, Juventus would demand roughly €28 million, although the club is eager to have the 36-year-old off the payroll.
Ronaldo’s representatives were reportedly assessing interest from Europe’s best teams in June, according to ESPN, with the potential that he could depart this summer.
City were approached by Ronaldo’s team first, and while they were initially sceptical, their interest grew after it was confirmed on Wednesday that Harry Kane will remain at Tottenham Hotspur this season.
Guardiola is looking for a striker to replace Sergio Aguero, and Kane was the club’s top priority before committing his future to Spurs.
According to ESPN sources, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is “relaxed” about the idea of losing Ronaldo, but would like the team to sign another forward if he leaves. The summer window will close on August 31st.
According to ESPN, City and Juventus have yet to begin talks regarding a deal, and it is expected that a deal will have to be struck over the asking price.
Ronaldo, who recently slammed “disrespectful” transfer speculation on Instagram, came on as a second-half replacement in Juventus’ 2-2 draw with Udinese on Sunday. With an apparent arm injury, he withdrew from training on Wednesday.
Since joining Juventus from Real Madrid in 2018, he has scored 101 goals in 134 appearances.
Between 2003 and 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, spent six years at Manchester United, City’s Manchester rivals, winning the Champions League and three Premier League titles.