Why Juventus could be forced to sell Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer?
According to a report by an Italian publication, Juventus might be forced to sell Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window.
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The Portuguese superstar joined the Serie A giants on a four-year deal in 2018 after concluding a €100m transfer from Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo might be forced to leave II Messagero.
The 35-year-old has been the best player for the Old Lady in his two-year stay at the Turin Stadium, as he has managed 42 goals and 11 assists during his time there.His presence at the club is crucial for Juve as they continue to chase their first Champions League title in the 21st century after losing twice in the final of the competition over the last two decades.
But with the coronavirus pandemic taking a hit at the club’s finances, they may no longer afford to pay Ronaldo’s £28m-a-year salary.As we revealed yesterday, a study published by the CIES Football Observatory has found that clubs across Europe could see the transfer value of their squads shrink by 28% due to the virus.
When applied to Juventus in general and Ronaldo in particular, the number 7 who cost the Old Lady €100m in 2018 will be worth only £60m when the transfer window reopens in July.
But that isn’t the only reason why Juve might decide to cash in on the Portuguese only halfway through his four-year deal at the Turin Stadium.
Instead, despite the club already reducing the player’s £28m a year week by £3.4m earlier this week, the report that they could still not afford his wages might force the Old Lady to end their relationship with the 35-year-old before the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
Ronaldo’s potential suitors if he leaves Turin
It goes without saying that there would be no shortage of teams trying to sign Ronaldo if he ends up leaving Juventus in the summer.
One of the teams who might love to make the Portuguese a part of their plans is his former side Manchester United. The Red Devils are one of the wealthiest teams on the planet and have the financial muscle to afford the astronomical wages of their former number seven.
Paris Saint-Germain are another side who would love, and can afford, to sign the Portuguese, though that would mean the end of the road for Neymar at Parc des Princes.
Also, with Ronaldo’s potential departure from the scene, former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey might start feeling the heat at Juventus. The Wales international is the 2nd highest wage earner at Juventus, as he takes home £400,000-a-week before taxes.