Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could join Chelsea over his former club Manchester United because of the links between Jorge Mendes - the player’s agent - and Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich and manager Jose Mourinho.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who add that Ronaldo will demand an astronomical £500,000-a-week from his next employers.
Mourinho dismissed Ronaldo speculation
Mourinho dismissed the idea of Chelsea signing Ronaldo earlier this week, but the report adds that the Portugal captain could be tempted to a move to the west London outfit if the money’s right.
Ronaldo turns 30 in February and appears to be on the hunt for one last big pay day, despite only having signed a new contract with the reigning European champions last year.
Ronaldo was close to United return
The Daily Mail add that Ronaldo had originally intended to rejoin United in the summer of 2013, but the move was scuppered by two things: the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the fact the Red Devils were not prepared to meet the superstar’s wage demands.
Ronaldo has made it clear that he still holds affection for Manchester United, the club where he established his reputation as one of the world’s best footballers and won the first of his two Ballon d’Or awards.
Will Ronaldo risk tarnishing his United legacy?
He will also be acutely aware that his legacy at Old Trafford would be left tarnished if he opted to join either Chelsea or United’s local rivals Manchester City, who are also believed to be keen on the attacking winger who has scored a remarkable 256 goals in 252 matches.
Ronaldo scored his latest goal from the penalty spot during Saturday’s Madrid derby against La Liga champions Atletico - but was powerless to prevent his side slumping to a 2-1 defeat at the Bernabeu.