It has been claimed that Manchester City could have induced Manchester United to sign Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of the season.
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Before the 37-year-old completed a stunning return to the Red Devils in August, reports had suggested the Citizens were closing in on his signing before several former players and former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson failed. intervene.
After a dramatic turn of events, Ronaldo’s re-signing was announced by the 20-time English champions after Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra reportedly made it clear to the Portuguese that he shouldn’t join City.
While his return to Old Trafford was widely celebrated by United supporters around the world, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was unable to inspire the club to success as the team were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16. and currently sit outside the league’s top four.
Former City striker Shaun Goater thinks the Premier League champions may have bluffed over their interest in Ronaldo to drop United from the race to sign a top striker in the 2022 season/ 23.
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“When I saw the news that he had signed for them, as a Man City fan, I thought it was good for us. I don’t think City were really going to sign Ronaldo.” he declared. Ladbrokes.
“Pep’s teams play the way they play because it’s about the team, not the individual – and so I really don’t think it would ever have worked.
“It could be a really smart chess move from City, who have already thought about a few steps forward, perhaps with an eye on the next summer transfer window, and forcing United’s hand to sign Ronaldo. , there will likely be one less team that’s going to go after a striker this summer.
“I’ve been with the club long enough to know that they almost never get these decisions wrong. Whether it’s on or off the pitch, they have experts in all areas, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all. if City take chess moves here that no one else has even thought of.”
A number of top strikers could become available later this year, including Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Here are 10 transfers already confirmed for next season: