The transfer deadline may have closed little over a week ago, but there is already plenty of conjecture about Ronaldo’s situation at the Santiago Bernabeu. It is reported by the Daily Star that Chelsea are monitoring developments, and have made £60 million available for his proposed acquisition.
It would be a staggering move by Chelsea were they to formalise this supposed interest in Ronaldo and, while their interest is believable, it still remains difficult to fathom that Madrid would sanction a sale or that the Portuguese forward would consider a switch to Stamford Bridge.
Madrid, of course, will have no intention of selling their most prized asset, while only last week Ronaldo exercised an acerbic tone in his assessment of Jose Mourinho’s time with the club. Mourinho was, however, able to win over Cesc Fabregas in similar circumstances earlier this summer.
Suggestions that Ronaldo was unsettled with Real Madrid emerged after comments he made regarding the departures of Angel di Maria and Xabio Alonso, both players he valued highly.
Ronaldo said, had he been in charge of transfer activity, neither Di Maria or Alonso would have departed - something he also outlined following the sale of Mesut Ozil a year earlier.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has since moved to dispel any assertions that he and Ronaldo had fallen out, and claimed that the 29-year-old’s loyalty to his current club is “unquestionable”.
But further fuel was added to the already overwhelming flame when Ronaldo expressed, as he has done so in the past, a desire to eventually move back to Manchester United, although a return to Old Trafford would appear to be some time away. Well, you would think so anyway.
Despite the unlikeliness of a move to Chelsea or Manchester United in either of the next two transfer windows, or even the one after that, it is a narrative that will persist until the player himself publicly puts an end to the speculation.
There is, however, the Jorge Mendes angle, which is one that does add intrigue at the very least. Mendes worked on deals to bring both Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to Manchester United in the recently concluded transfer period, and is reported to have an excellent relationship with Ed Woodward.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this one develops.