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Man United given boost in Cristiano Ronaldo return as agent speaks out on Juventus exit

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Manchester United have been given a boost in their hopes of securing a sensational return for Cristiano Ronaldo after Jorge Mendes denied rumours that the Portuguese would be leaving Juventus for Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo will leave Juventus this summer if they do not qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The Old Lady are fifth in Serie A after a disappointing campaign under former midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

They face a tough fight to finish in the top four and will largely rely on Napoli dropping points in their remaining two matches.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side, who have a point more than Juventus’ 72, have favourable fixtures against Fiorentina and Verona. Juventus play runaway champions Inter Milan today before travelling to Bologna on the final day.

Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 for an £86million fee. He has since won two Serie A and two Supercoppa titles.

The 36-year-old has scored an incredible 100 times in 138 appearances, including 28 in 32 this term.

However, a disappointing season could prompt Ronaldo to depart after three years. A tenth-consecutive Serie A title was denied by Inter.

Juve were also disappointingly dumped out of the Champions League last-16 by Porto, who won on away goals following a 4-4 aggregate draw.

And Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Lisbon, where he started his career and scored five times in 31 appearances before moving to Man Utd.

The rumour was bizarrely prompted by Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, who celebrated with supporters following Sporting’s first Primeira Liga title success since 2002 this week. 

She reportedly told them: “I’ll talk to him to bring him back. Next year he will play in Alvalade [Sporting’s stadium].”

But any hopes Sporting fans have of seeing Ronaldo’s return have been dashed by his agent Mendes.

He told Portuguese outlet Record: “Cristiano is proud of the title won by Sporting, in fact, as he has publicly demonstrated.

“But at the moment his career plans do not go through Portugal.”

That presents a boost for United’s chances of re-signing Ronaldo.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to still want a forward this summer, despite Edinson Cavani agreeing to extend his deal at Old Trafford by another year.

Ronaldo moved to United in 2003 for £12m. He won three Premier League titles, a Champions League and an FA Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson, scoring 118 times in 292 appearances before securing a then-world record £90m move to Real Madrid. 

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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