Report: Signing 18-goal forward 'more appealing' to Chelsea owner Boehly than Tuchel
The prospect of signing Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo would “carry more appeal” to Chelsea owner Todd Boehly than manager Thomas Tuchel, according to The Athletic.
Last week, The Athletic reported that Boehly had a meeting with super agent Jorge Mendes, who represents Ronaldo, and talked about the possibility of a transfer.
Ronaldo still has a year left in his contract at Old Trafford, but, interestingly, he may leave the club earlier than expected.
According to The Times, the Portugal international has already told Manchester United that he would like to leave the club if they receive an appropriate offer.
The decision is reportedly driven by his desire to play in the Champions League, which is obviously something Chelsea can offer this season.
Following Romelu Lukaku’s loan return to Inter Milan, there is a room for a centre-forward in Tuchel’s squad.
Kai Havertz has mostly played the role in the second half of last season, but if Tuchel would like a reliable goalscorer, there are very few, if any, more suitable candidates than Ronaldo.
The former Juventus man still registered 18 goals in the Premier League last season.
His impressive individual record, however, failed to help improve his teams in the last two seasons, which is the reason The Athletic claims that his signing would be more appealing to Boehly than Tuchel.
He is also already 37, however, and, despite his obvious worldwide fame, he is reportedly on a £385,000-a-week salary (per Daily Mail), which would make him a potentially very expensive short-term solution to Chelsea’s attacking problems.