Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked to leave Manchester United this summer, with the striker eager to continue playing in the Champions League. The decision came shortly after Todd Boehly discussed the possibility of bringing him to Chelsea this summer.
Bayern Munich has also reportedly been in touch over a potential deal as Erik ten Hag begins his reign at Old Trafford this summer. Ronaldo’s future has been the subject of plenty of speculation since the Dutchman’s appointment was announced, and it is looking increasingly likely he could leave this summer.
The Athletic reported in June that new Chelsea chairman Boehly had held a meeting with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes over potential summer transfer pursuits. One topic raised was the potential signing of the 37-year-old.
Chelsea is on the hunt for a new leading striker after Romelu Lukaku completed his return to Inter Milan on loan this summer for the 2022-23 campaign. Ronaldo emerged as a surprise target, but the possibility has become stronger after the Portugal legend’s latest decision.
A report from The Times on Sunday revealed that he had asked United to let him leave the club this summer if a suitable offer comes in for his services. While the Champions League is a factor in the decision, a traumatic year off the pitch has also played its part after the death of his daughter put a significant strain on him and his family.