Report: Manchester City Won't Sign Cristiano Ronaldo amid Man United Transfer Rumours

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVAugust 27, 2021

UDINE, ITALY - AUGUST 22: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio v Juventus at Dacia Arena on August 22, 2021 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)
Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images

Manchester City has reportedly pulled out of the race to land superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo in a transfer from Juventus.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City has made it clear that it is no longer in on Ronaldo, and it never agreed to terms with Ronaldo or on a transfer fee with Juventus.

Romano also reported that Premier League rival Manchester United is now preparing an offer for Ronaldo, and the club is "confident" it will be able to land him.

News of Manchester City dropping out and Manchester United swooping in comes one day after Goncalo Lopes of the Daily Mail reported that Man City and Juventus had come to terms on an agreement involving Ronaldo.

It was also reported by Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italy on Thursday that Ronaldo was hoping to be moved by Juventus prior to Tuesday's transfer deadline:

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🔹 Man City want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for free<br>🔹 Juventus asking for around €25m<br>🔹 Ronaldo keen to leave Juventus before deadline <br>🔹 No other club in position to make the move <a href="https://twitter.com/DiMarzio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DiMarzio</a> has the latest from Italy on Cristiano Ronaldo's future<a href="https://t.co/vJH4cywe1E">pic.twitter.com/vJH4cywe1E</a>

Di Marzio mentioned Manchester City as the only club positioned to secure Ronaldo, but he noted that Man City wanted to get Ronaldo for free, while Juventus was asking for a €25 million transfer fee.

Rumors of a Ronaldo transfer heated up Sunday when he came off the bench in the 60th minute of Juventus' 2-2 draw with Udinese rather than starting the match.

After the match, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said it was his own decision to bring Ronaldo on from the bench: "Ronaldo is feeling well. I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench. He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch."

Juventus vice president Pavel Nedved later said it was a "shared" decision between Ronaldo and Allegri, and he said he could "absolutely confirm" Ronaldo would remain with Juve throughout the season.

If Ronaldo does land with Manchester United, it will mark a return to the club with which he first achieved stardom.

After spending one season in the senior ranks with Sporting CP in his home country of Portugal, Ronaldo arrived at Manchester United in 2003 and spent six seasons with the club. He scored 118 goals across all competitions in 292 matches and 84 goals in 194 EPL matches.

Ronaldo also helped lead Manchester United to three EPL titles and one UEFA Champions League title.

After that, Ronaldo reached even greater heights in nine seasons with Real Madrid and has spent the past three seasons with Juventus.

All told, the 36-year-old has 674 goals across all competitions in 897 career matches, making him one of the most prolific goal scorers of all time.

Securing Ronaldo would go a long way toward helping Manchester United win its first EPL title since 2013.