Ronaldo and Manchester United, the reunion will be sour

Like the prodigal son, he had returned to Manchester United, the club where he exploded at the highest level: a year later, after “drying” the resumption of training on Monday, Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure is no longer science fiction .

“Family reasons”: According to the English media, the Red Devils’ justification for explaining the Portuguese’s absence from the training center while all his team-mates were present is a lot like a flimsy excuse.

In any case, he won’t do anything to lighten the atmosphere around the player who leaked his uneasiness to the press.

For ten days he has been telling himself that “CR7” is unhappy with his club’s laborious recruiting process, while Manchester City or Liverpool have already done most of their shopping.

United have reached an oral agreement with Christian Eriksen, according to the media, and the arrival of Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia should be announced soon, but these signings are unlikely to be enough to make United competitive against City, the Reds or Chelsea.

Playing supporting roles in the Premier League and only playing in the Europa League after taking part in 19 consecutive C1s, for five trophies, does not reflect his self-image despite his 37 years.

– An exit that would please everyone? –

Especially since his first season after his return was a mixed bag: mathematically satisfactory, the team’s top scorer with 24 goals in all competitions, but the game often creaked.

In a team that has never managed to find its style of play, Ronaldo’s lack of off-ball defense has often been seen as a major problem, as has his lack of automation with his team-mates.

Coming to the very end of the transfer window, he barely had time to refine them, but progress over the season hasn’t been spectacular either.

Nor does the arrival on the bench of Erik Ten Hag, a technician who likes his team pushing high and working hard, suggest a great deal of compatibility between the coach and his star.

He had therefore asked the club to let him go in the event of a “satisfactory” offer, the Times wrote on Saturday.

Officially, Manchester are not a seller and intend for the player to keep the second year of his contract.

England: Ronaldo and Manchester United, the reunion will be sour

But behind the scenes, the Red Devils see interest in not keeping a player against his will, however iconic he may be, especially when his integration remains hypothetical and it costs them more than €500,000 a week.

– delivery point difficult to find –

Even though the club have already lost Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, all at the end of the contract and without bringing the club a pound, the door is not completely closed.

There have already been contacts between the player’s agents and representatives of Chelsea and Bayern Munich, without anyone really knowing on whose initiative or, importantly, what the outcome was.

These leads don’t look very promising.

Even if they lost 36-year-old Robert Lewandowski, such a bet on a 37-year-old player would be in stark contrast to Bayern’s transfer policy and it’s hard to see how Ronaldo would fit into the Thomas Tuchel-promoted game.

Napoli, 3rd in the last Serie A and thus qualified for the C1, wouldn’t mind bringing in their biggest star since Diego Maradona.

But whether the interest is really mutual is unclear and Ronaldo’s salary demands could also be a major hurdle.

England: Ronaldo and Manchester United, the reunion will be sour

His participation or non-participation in the lucrative pre-season tour in Thailand and Australia will definitely be a first element of the answer to whether a happy ending between Ronaldo and Manchester United is still possible.

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