Paris Saint-Germain reportedly turned down the opportunity to recruit Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo after being approached by his agent Jorge Mendes.
Ronaldo, who has reportedly sought for his freedom from Manchester United, wants to fight for trophies, but few teams can afford his stratospheric £500,000-a-week contract.
Even for a financially powerful club like PSG, financial fair play laws combined with the expensive salaries of other stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe made the move nearly impossible.
As a result of discussions between president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the player’s agent Jorge Mendes, the club turned down the offer.
PSG had managed to keep hold of Mbappe despite the fact that the attacker was on the verge of joining Real Madrid.
Even if Angel di Maria has left the club, it is alleged that PSG cannot afford to keep Ronaldo. Vitinha, a midfielder from Porto, is PSG’s only addition thus far in the current transfer window!
From a sporting standpoint as well, there are also doubts that he will not find a place in the team, with new manager Christophe Galtier preferring to open the season with a back three.
The former Nice coach may already be struggling to find methods to play Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe together in his preferred formation, so signing Ronaldo makes no sense!
PSG are not the only club to turn down Ronaldo this summer.
Bayern Munich and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel have both turned down the opportunity to sign the former Real Madrid and Juventus player, despite a meeting between Mendes and new Blues owner Todd Boehly to discuss the Portugal international’s future.
In addition to Ronaldo’s desire to play in the Champions League in the upcoming campaign, the six times Ballon d’Or winner is also said to be unhappy with the lack of transfer activity from United so far this summer.
Although, Manchester United’s new manager Erik ten Hag insisted that he wants his No.7 to remain with the club.
“We are planning for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it,” Ten Hag said. “I’m looking forward to working with him. I have read [that he wants to leave], but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want success together.
“I spoke with him before this issue came up, I had a conversation with him and I had a good talk. That is between Cristiano and me. What I can confirm is we had a really good conversation together.”