The Portuguese superstar has stated his desire to leave Old Trafford and has asked the Red Devils to consider offers from interested clubs during the current transfer window, less than a year after rejoining the club from Juventus for £12 million.
The 37-year-old believes he has three or four years left at the top level and wants to spend them at a club where he can add to his glittering collection of trophies and individual honors, according to The Times.
According to the report, Ronaldo respects the club and its supporters and wishes to leave on both sporting and personal grounds. Ronaldo and his family are said to have been struggling since his infant son died during childbirth in April.
Ronaldo was a key figure in Manchester United’s otherwise disappointing season, scoring 24 goals in all competitions and 18 in the Premier League. United finished sixth after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, with Rangnick taking temporary charge until the end of the season.
However, United failed to secure a top-four spot, which would have guaranteed Ronaldo Champions League football for next season, sparking speculation that he may look to move on. The all-time international goalscorer is eager to play at the highest level, and United’s drop from second to sixth place painted a concerning picture.
It casts a pall over Erik ten Hag’s first month in charge after succeeding Ralf Rangnick, putting the Dutchman’s summer plans in jeopardy. In his first press conference, the 52-year-old made it clear that he saw Ronaldo as an important part of his squad for next season.
However, the United star’s apparent desire to leave has thrown a wrench in Ten Hag’s plans, as he has already lost Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and Nemanja Matic. With no obvious replacement for a player of Ronaldo’s caliber, United may be forced to enter the market to find one.
Bayern Munich is reportedly interested in signing Ronaldo, with Bayern’s talisman Robert Lewandowski eager to join Barcelona this summer. Before United issued a hands-off warning in June, it was reported that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was interested in exploring the possibility of signing Ronaldo in a sensational deal.