Update 12:43PM EST
According to Fabrizio Romano, Cristiano Ronaldo was available for a bargain basement price:
Manchester United will pay €15m with €8m in add-ons as fee to Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo. Gonna be around €20m guaranteed to Juventus as some add-ons are ‘easy’. #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 27, 2021
Paul Pogba has NEVER been discussed as part of the negotiation with Juve. He’s staying.
Ladies and gentlemen, Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed returning to England. While all the reports were screaming Manchester City, another nearby club decided to swoop in and take Ronaldo for themselves. Take a look for yourselves:
This is one of those moves that screams “Last Dance.” Ronaldo is not the player that he used to be even as little back as three years ago. Given he relied a lot on his speed and physicality, the two attributes that decrease with age, I’m not sure what his performance will be with Manchester United. It is the correct move, I think. If he’d have gone to Manchester City I think that wouldn’t been insult to injury for the largely hurting Manchester United fans. But now, Manchester United look situated to be a very interesting team moving forward. Ronaldo, Bruno, and Pogba make for an extremely effective attack. I’m not saying he’ll be the Golden Boot but he’ll add some added energy.
I for one welcome this move.