Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi bluntly dismisses any chance of a move for Cristiano Ronaldo – as the Juventus star is poised to seal his switch to Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has bluntly dismissed a possible move for Cristiano Ronaldo – with the PSG chief insisting “it is not even a discussion”.
Ronaldo has been angling for an escape route from Juventus this summer after three years in Serie A.
Ronaldo looks set to follow in the footsteps of fellow icon Lionel Messi in making a surprising move this summer.
Messi captured the attention of the world earlier this month when he completed his switch to PSG.
News of Ronaldo following suit had prompted the question of a potential link-up with Messi in Paris to be put to PSG president Al-Khelaifi – but he dismissed the suggestion out of hand.
His immediate focus is the battle over Kylian Mbappe’s future.
The French striker is in the final year of his contract and is being stalked by Real Madrid.
The La Liga giants had a whopping £137m bid knocked back this week – but are expected to return with an improved bid before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
PSG have been adamant that Mbappe would remain in Paris as part of a dream attacking unit alongside Messi and Neymar.
But an improved bid from Real Madrid would test that stance – especially when Mbappe could depart for free when his deal is up next summer.
PSG’s lack of interest, along with other big-name clubs around the globe, has cleared the path for City to solve their striking conundrum with Ronaldo.
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But City couldn’t strike a deal with stubborn Spurs supremo Daniel Levy.
Kane admitted defeat in his bid to force an exit this week – leaving Guardiola and City to sweat on securing a striker ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
But snapping up Ronaldo will help to remedy Guardiola’s attacking headache.
The Portuguese has evolved into a prolific goalscorer since his early days at City’s rivals Manchester United.
Despite the deal reportedly being done, Ronaldo’s ex-United team-mate Wayne Rooney has shared his doubts over the move.
Rooney is now the manager of Championship side Derby County but was quizzed on Ronaldo potentially crossing the Manchester divide.
“It’s an interesting one but I can’t see it,” said the 35-year-old.
“I think Cristiano has got a very good legacy at Manchester United and I know how proud he is as a player and a person. I can’t see it, but it’s football so you never know.
“There have been a few that have done it but no one at Cristiano’s level,” he said.
Obviously Peter Schmeichel and Andy Cole, but I just can’t see that as an option for him really.
“Financially of course he doesn’t need to do it. I think it’s more likely that it’s PSG he goes to.”