How Cristiano Ronaldo almost rejoined Man United in 2012, Barca fearful transfer target’s valuation will go up and more
How Cristiano Ronaldo almost rejoined Man United in 2012, Barca fearful transfer target’s valuation will go up and other latest news.
Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has made a sensational claim that Cristiano Ronaldo was on the brink of rejoining Manchester United in a £160m deal in 2012, but the deal collapsed when the Portuguese learnt that Sir Alex Ferguson was planning to retire in a year’s time.The former United boss wanted to have a one last go at the Champions League before bidding farewell to his illustrious managerial career. He felt that the club would be in a much better position to challenge Europe’s elite with Ronaldo back at the helm.
However, while the Portuguese was happy to return to Manchester, he ended up staying put after Sir Alex Ferguson admitted to him that he planned to retire in less than 12 months. That admission killed the chances of what must have been a spectacular reunion.Inter Milan had previously told Barcelona that they would only let the striker leave the club if the Catalan outfit offered £90m in in in any deal involving the player.
Los Blancos might be in the market for a striker if Luka Jovic leaves the club on a temporary basis whereas PSG might also look to add a new striker to their ranks following the summer departures of strikers Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi from the club.
Cavani is set to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer whereas Icardi, who joined the Les Parisiens on a one-year loan last summer, has been unable to convince the PSG higher-ups to activate the clause in his contract that would turn his stay in Paris into a permanent one.
Barca are worried that these clubs could not only drive the transfer fee of Martinez but might also outbid them by offering better terms to the player. They don’t want to become involved in a bidding war and worry that with other clubs trying to sign the player, it might weaken their hand.After the Belgian midfielder hinted that he might not stay at the club if the two-year Champions League ban is upheld, the Citizens have moved swiftly to placate their nervous fan base.
De Bruyne hinted earlier this week that he might be forced to consider his future if the Citizens were unable to overturn the two-year Champions League ban imposed on them by UEFA.The Citizens continue to insist that they have done nothing wrong to be barred from playing in Europe’s elite club competition for two years. They have also indicated hopes that the ban would be overturned on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
De Bruyne’s current deal with City still has three years remaining, but the reigning Premier League champions fear that the prospect of the looming Champions League ban might convince one of Europe’s big clubs to tempt the Belgian to a move away from the Etihad.