Cristiano Ronaldo could be moving on from Manchester United in the near future despite rejoining the club in September on a transfer from Juventus.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly met with Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, in Portugal last week to discuss the possibility of the Portuguese forward joining the Blues, according to The Athletic's David Ornstein and Dan Sheldon.
The news comes after Record, a Portuguese newspaper, reported Ronaldo was frustrated by the lack of progress in the transfer market under manager Erik ten Hag and was ready to move on from United (h/t Mirror's Nathan Ridley).
Ronaldo has also been linked to Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich as a possible replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who is eyeing a move to Barcelona, per AS (h/t ESPN). That said, Bayern has already added former Liverpool star Sadio Mane this summer, and it's unclear if Ronaldo would be interested in joining the German side.
If Ronaldo were to join Chelsea, he would be an unbelievable replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who is set to return to Inter Milan this summer, according to Sky Sports. He'd also join a forward group that includes Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner.
Despite the rumors, Ronaldo is under contract with Manchester United through the 2022-23 season, and Sky Sports recently reported that he is expected to remain with the Red Devils. In addition, the 37-year-old said earlier this month that he is committed to remaining with United.
"I was happy of course to be back at a club that really raised my career. So it was unbelievable," he told the club's official website. "The feeling when I [came] back again, it was nice to feel the supporters. The happiness of them as great. I was—and still am—very happy to be here."
"It's still my motivation to carry on working hard, to still love the passion for the game, and of course Manchester and my teammates help me all the way so I have to appreciate all the people who help Cristiano.
"But the most important thing for me is to try to win the games and try to win some championship or some cup but I believe that Manchester will be where they belong. Sometimes it takes time, but I still believe."
Manchester United had a disappointing 2021-22 season with the return of Ronaldo, finishing sixth in the Premier League, the club's worst finish since the 2018-19 campaign. However, Ronaldo did have an impressive individual season, scoring 24 goals across all competitions.
While the Red Devils have yet to make a move this summer, they have been linked to a number of players, including Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Ajax forward Antony and Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The club will have to make some moves if it hopes to remain competitive in 2022-23 following the departures of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata.