Gary Neville believes Chelsea are debating whether to sign Cristiano Ronaldo now he is available to the market.

Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Neville noted how Todd Boehly is seemingly eager to capture the Portugal international, even if Graham Potter has opposing ideas.

Boehly is apparently a huge admirer of Ronaldo, having already debated bringing him to Stamford Bridge over the summer.

Thomas Tuchel combatted the idea of adding the 37-year-old to his ranks even when he was still a Manchester United player.

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Now a free-agent after the major falling out with the Old Trafford chain of command, it would be easier to acquire the experienced forward than ever.

Evidently aware of this fact, Boehly has reportedly not ruled out making a move for what he would view as the most marque of signings.

Again, the Chelsea owner may have to debate this transfer with Potter, who like Tuchel, is not totally sold on Ronaldo’s potential arrival.

Ronaldo on the Chelsea radar

If the Blues did come calling however, Neville suggested his former teammate would certainly consider another stab at Premier League and Champions League football.

“I think he wants to carry on playing at the elite level football and I think he’s got a cameo in him at a top club probably for the last four months of the season where he’ll go and score 15, 20 goals and it wouldn’t surprise me at all,” said the ex-defender.

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“It could be either (UK or abroad), it could be the UK if there is a team that will bite. It’s more likely abroad. Chelsea are the ones that I think are talking about it. Boehly seems to like the idea of Cristiano at Chelsea.”

However Boehly views Ronaldo, it surely cannot be for the future.

He might be in terrific physical shape still for his age, but CR7 is no longer the electric threat he once was.

Ronaldo no longer spring chicken

“If you are looking at as a long-term thing, no (they shouldn’t sign him),” continued Neville.

“Two to three years, even one-and-a-half years. But if you are looking at a four, five month, you want someone who can put the ball in the back of the net and it’s a pretty sure bet that he will, I’d say go for it.

“I’m not sure (Chelsea will go for it) because I’m not sure Graham Potter will want that. I think he’ll want to build a more youthful project.”

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Potter hasn’t been able to dip his own hands into the market since arriving at Chelsea in September.

All of the senior squad he acquired from Tuchel was moulded by the previous managers.

Once January rolls around, he will be able to at least ask Boehly for players of his preference.

Yet, Potter might be overruled by the chief if Ronaldo or another stellar name is up for grabs.  

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."