The Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City rumour has picked up the pace, just 24 hours after Harry Kane announced he would be staying at Spurs for another season.
It was no secret that manager Pep Guardiola had coveted the England captain all summer, marking the striker as the man to take over the goal scoring gap left by departing legend Sergio Aguero.
But Kane’s announcement has fuelled speculation that City would turn their attention elsewhere, and rumours emerged that Portuguese front man Ronaldo, once idolised at the home across the border between Manchester and Salford, was trying to engineer a move to the right side of Manchester.
With City’s options limited and a rapidly closing transfer window, it has now been reported by several outlets, most notably the Manchester Evening News, that the former Real Madrid man has agreed terms with City, and the clubs now need to thrash out a deal that would see Ronaldo swap the black and white of Juventus for the blue of City.
The stumbling block is whether the blues will make any payment for the striker who, at 36, is showing no signs of slowing down. City are reluctant to meet Juve’s £21m fee and there have been suggestions that Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva or Aymeric Laporte will be used in any potential swap deal.
A move to actual Manchester will not only see Ronaldo work under Guardiola, but also infuriate United fans, with some on social media claiming he has betrayed them should the move actually materialise.