Erik ten Hag has taken over as the Premier League giants’ new boss but is still waiting to complete the first signing of his reign, leading to question marks over Ronaldo’s future.
What’s the latest news involving Ronaldo?
According to The Athletic, new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has held conversations with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.
The report suggests the £27million-rated striker was discussed as the Blues looked to sound out whether a move to Stamford Bridge could be on the cards, while Ronaldo is frustrated with a failure to welcome fresh faces to Manchester United during the transfer window.
A switch back to his homeland has also been mooted, with Sporting interested in striking a deal which would see Ronaldo return to his boyhood club.
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to be reunited with the 37-year-old at Roma as well, having previously worked with him at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has 12 months remaining on his £480,000-per-week contract at Old Trafford, meaning there are doubts over his long-term future.
What has Alex Crook said about Ronaldo?
Crook understands Ronaldo is set to remain at Manchester United despite links to Chelsea, Sporting and Roma.
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However, the talkSPORT reporter has been made aware that the 188-cap Portugal international has been disappointed by the lack of incomings in the red half of Manchester.
Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “I expect him to stay. Certainly, that’s what I’ve been told by sources at United.
“I think there’s a suspicion that maybe this is just Mendes trying to put the pressure on United to get signings in because I think Ronaldo is a bit frustrated that they haven’t made more moves already.
“Also, I think you’ve got to think there are clients of Mendes that he will be trying to push on United, so maybe it’s a way of trying to facilitate that as well.”
Would Ronaldo’s departure come as a blow?
Ronaldo has enjoyed a trophy-laden career, including getting his hands on the Ballon d’Or five times, and losing that quality would have a huge impact on any club.
Manchester United underperformed last season, finishing 13 points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.
But Ronaldo still found the back of the net 24 times, so losing his influence could have a huge knock-on effect as ten Hag looks to return the Red Devils to their glory days.