The agent of Cristiano Ronaldo has held a meeting with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly to discuss the possibility of a transfer from Manchester United, reports The Athletic’s David Ornstein. The Portuguese superstar isn’t completely happy at Old Trafford at the back of a disastrous season in which the Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League.
🚨 EXCL: Todd Boehly met Jorge Mendes in Portugal last week. Idea of Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea among subjects discussed. Unclear if #CFC will pursue. Man Utd expect him to stay. 37yo loves #MUFC but has concerns. With @dansheldonsport for @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/pHXelZAIIb
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) June 25, 2022
Chelsea Meet With Cristiano Ronaldo’s Agents to Talk up Potential Move
Cristiano Ronaldo Among the Strikers Considered to Replace Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea are currently looking to sign a new striker after loaning Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan for the upcoming campaign. In the meeting with Mendes, the London giants’ new owner Boehly discussed a number of things including the potential of signing Ronaldo.
However, it was never hinted by the American businessman that Chelsea will 100 per cent actively seek to sign Ronaldo, only that they will possible consider it.
The Blues realise there are a lot of hurdles in pursuing such a big, the biggest coming in the fact that United don’t want to entertain the possibility of selling their star striker to a direct Premier League rival.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met Cristiano Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes in Portugal last week.
A shock move to Chelsea was discussed. 😲
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) June 25, 2022
Ronaldo Growing Frustrated With Situation at Old Trafford
The Portuguese striker stated in a recent interview with the Red Devils’ media that he is happy to stay at Old Trafford despite the last season’s nightmare and work with new manager Erik ten Hag. While his love for United is unquestioned, Ronaldo is becoming more frustrated with his side’s lack of urgency in the summer transfer window so far.
Ornstein claims that the 37-year-old is harbouring concerns about his side’s lack of transfer activity in a summer window when Manchester City signed Erling Haaland, Liverpool roped in Darwin Nunez and even Arsenal have shown eagerness to improve their squad.
Ronaldo wants United to compete at the highest level possible and eagerly wants them to properly strengthen their squad to match his ambition of winning trophies next season. If the Red Devils aren’t able to properly add quality players to improve their team before next season, the Portuguese forward could push for an exit before the end of the summer transfer window.
The 37-year-old proved to still be good enough for the Premier League last season, finishing as the joint-second goal-scorer with 18 goals. He was United’s top scorer with 24 goals in total, a feat no Chelsea player reached last season. That is why the Blues are pondering a potential move for Ronaldo, but realise there is a long way to go for that dream to become reality.