--LAST UPDATE JULY 15--
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be linked with a move away from the Bernabeu this summer. He is the poster boy of world football and Madrid's most important player when aiming to topple Spanish rivals Barcelona, so expect these reports to maintain momentum throughout the transfer window.
Ronaldo netted 46 goals and contributed 11 assists in 46 games during the 2012-13 club season. As the summer transfer window gains momentum, this tracker will document all the Ronaldo rumours, starting with the most recent.
Speculation on Ronaldo has quietened down after the Portuguese player admitted he is happy in Spain. Now David Moyes have taken over the throne at Manchester United, it seems the former Old Trafford star could be the subject of an intense round of rumours once more.
The Daily Mail reports Moyes can compete for the world's most expensive players after chief executive Ed Woodward said the following:
Cristiano Ronaldo has a lot of love to give. The Portuguese winger spoke of his passion for Manchester United in a recent Q&A session with children of the Crest Secondary School in Singapore, but he also admitted he is extremely happy to be playing in La Liga. As reported by The Sun:
I really miss English football.
For me, it was one of the best years in my career, when I was there at Manchester United. Everyone knows that. It is a club that is still in my heart. I really, really miss. But now my life is in Spain.
I am enjoying playing there too but in the future we never know. I am really, really happy in the Spanish league at the moment.
Keeping your options open, Crissy?
New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti may be a huge fan of Wayne Rooney, but he's unlikely to exchange Ronaldo for the Englishman. As reported by The Independent, Madrid's Italian boss is keen to work with one of La Liga's biggest stars:
It will be an honour for me to coach Ronaldo. It will be like it was coaching [Zinedine] Zidane, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho before.
As expected, Ancelotti obviously wants to add "worked with Ronaldo" to his resume.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has suggested Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new contract at the Bernabeu. He even says the Portuguese star is destined to retire with the Spanish club.
Perez spoke to 20minutos, as reported by Sky Sports:
He's our most important asset, and we will build the future of Madrid around him.
Soon we will clarify this issue. I have no doubt that Cristiano is going to retire at Real Madrid. I'm convinced that he'll renew. The renewals are done before the season starts.
Is Perez putting trying to influence his player's decision, or is Ronaldo on the brink of penning a new deal with Madrid? The saga continues.
Cristiano Ronaldo's link to Manchester United remains, as does Wayne Rooney's potential Old Trafford exit.
Rather conveniently, The Daily Star reports both players could be involved in a swap deal. This would see Real Madrid accept a bid of Wayne Rooney plus £30 million for the Portuguese star, as per the aforementioned report:
Real’s new boss Carlo Ancelotti has been a long-time admirer of Rooney and would be happy to sacrifice Ronaldo if it meant he could sign the United star.
Ronaldo would cost a cool £60m and his return to the club where he made his superstar name would delight the faithful.
It would also soften the blow of losing such an icon as Rooney, who has two years left on his current United deal.
Meanwhile, it is understood the United superstore is no longer printing Antonio Valencia on the back of new shirts with “7” attached.
Would Ancelotti really be happy to sacrifice his top player for an individual who possesses a notoriously bad attitude and self-inflicted fitness problems? It seems unlikely.
Even so, The Daily Mail also reports Ancelotti wants to make an instant impact at Madrid with the signing of Rooney. One has to consider whether or not the Englishman is needed at the Bernabeu, especially if Isco confirms his arrival in the next few days.
The Independent believes Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is privately advising the player to stay in Madrid for another 18 months.
This would potentially give Manchester United a greater chance of securing his return in 2015, as right now, the Old Trafford club cannot match the financial weight of Monaco, Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester City. As reported by The Independent:
But while United accept that they cannot compete this summer with the likely £85m bid from Monaco – a tax-free principality where he can become the world’s richest player – or Paris Saint-Germain, the player is being advised that if he waits until he is out of contract in June 2015, he will be able to secure a colossal signing on-fee and substantial wages which would add up to a 140m euros (£118m) welcome home package.
Ronaldo has played the waiting game before. He originally wanted to leave Manchester United in 2008 and was convinced to provide the club with one more season under Sir Alex Ferguson. The 28-year-old is still adored in Manchester and may feel he can provide incoming boss David Moyes with a significant boost, but if reports are to be believed, it'll be two years before we see him in the famous red once more.
Rumours of Ronaldo putting pen-to-paper on a lucrative new Real Madrid deal appear to have been shot down by the player himself.
A simple tweet of 11 words reignited the hopes of many clubs trying to land the player's signature. On June 13, Ronaldo fired this message to his 19 million followers: "All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false."
Whether he was just putting the record straight or hinting at something deeper remains to be seen. Right now, you can bet football's wealthiest clubs are scrambling for loose change.
Monaco will be a lot of fun this summer.
After confirming the signing of superstars such as Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, various reports believe the French principality are ready to shatter Ronaldo's previous world record transfer fee to lure him towards the yacht-infested province.
While a move to Monaco will certainly excite from a financial point of view, Ronaldo is unlikely to accept at least one year without Champions League football. He is currently at the peak of his career and shouldn't decelerate at a time when he battles with Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or.
If European football has taught us anything over the past few years, it's that Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain will be linked with any player worth his salt during the summer transfer window.
The usual suspects are at it again. Rumours of a United return gained momentum during May, while Manchester City and Chelsea have also been linked with bringing the forward back to England. PSG may also want to pull the player over to France, ensuring Ronaldo has plenty of options to choose from this year.