'The information we've been getting': Sky journalist has latest on Chelsea potentially signing Cristiano Ronaldo
Sky journalist Kaveh Solhekol has claimed Chelsea are focusing on other targets rather than Cristiano Ronaldo, despite believing Manchester United are open to selling him this summer, while live on Sky Sports News earlier today.
The five-time Balon d’Or winner has reportedly made it clear his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer, following a dire season and lack of ambition in the transfer market.
This has reportedly sparked Chelsea owner Todd Boehly’s interest, with him being rumoured to have had multiple meetings with the forward’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
Solhekol issues Ronaldo to Chelsea update
The news of his desire to leave was confirmed by Solhekol, who claimed the Red Devils have internally accepted that he will leave this summer.
He said: “This is the situation as far as Cristiano Ronaldo and United are concerned. Ronaldo has told United he wants to leave. My information is that United will listen to offers for him. Of course, they’re not going to say that in public, their position in public is that the player is not for sale.”
While it is believed the signing of Ronaldo appeals more to the American owner than manager Thomas Tuchel, the Blues continue to be mentioned as a potential destination for the wantaway striker.
However, Solhekol has claimed the Blues are still targeting other deals before the Portugal international, with their on-the-pitch priorities leading them away from the transfer.
He said: “There is some interest from Chelsea, but the information we’ve been getting and other people have been reporting all week is that they’re focusing on other targets. They’re focusing on players like Raheem Sterling, they’re focusing on players like Raphinha.
“I think if Cristiano Ronaldo was to go to Chelsea it would be for business reasons as well as football reasons. The new American owners might think it’d be great to have somebody like Cristiano Ronaldo playing at Stamford Bridge”
While you don’t get the opportunity to sign a player who has accomplished as much as Ronaldo very often, the type of player Tuchel is targeting would suggest he is looking to play a different way to the one which suits the great forward.
Ronaldo’s pressing game has never been his strongest attribute and his advancing years now mean is he is almost a pure goalscorer.
His clinical finishing certainly wouldn’t go amiss at Chelsea, but with Tuchel putting together a side full of energy, there would be justifiable concerns about how the Portuguese legend would fit in, if he was to make the move.