Report: Club now think their top scorer is going to leave, Chelsea are trying to sign him

Manchester United have reportedly accepted that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club this summer, with Chelsea one of the sides interested in a deal.

According to The Sun, the Red Devils will be looking to avoid any long-running transfer saga involving the 37-year-old.

The Blues’ interest in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is rumoured to come mostly from owner Todd Boehly, who has been in contact with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

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While it’s reported that Thomas Tuchel doesn’t have the same ambition as his American owner to sign the ageing striker, he still proved his worth last season in his return to England.

He was the club’s top scorer last season, contributing 24 goals across the Premier League and Champions League. However, the rest of the team failed to match his standards, with a dire campaign seeing them miss out on a top four finish.

This, alongside a lack of ambition in the transfer market, has apparently made Ronaldo’s mind up that he wants to leave Old Trafford for a second time.

United believe Ronaldo will leave

The Sun claims that while new manager Erik ten Hag wants the Portugal international to stay, a conversation with the board has forced him to plan for a future without him at the club.

While the opportunity to sign one of the greatest players of all time doesn’t come around often, the potential signing of Raheem Sterling indicates the style of attacker Tuchel is looking to bring in.

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Without mentioning his attacking ability, his work-rate and ability to press is far better than Ronaldo’s, with the pair unlikely to be signed together.

The signing of someone like Raphinha would be the perfect complement to Sterling, with his time working under Marcelo Bielsa seeing him learn how to work hard, while his direct and relentless dribbling another strength he tips the Portuguese striker.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.