Juventus Transfer News: 'Optimism Growing' over Cristiano Ronaldo Deal

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2018

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after scoring a goal that was disallowed during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg football match FC Bayern Munich v Real Madrid CF in Munich in southern Germany on April 25, 2018. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Juventus are reportedly confident of sealing a €100 million (£88 million) deal for the transfer of Real Madrid icon Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport Italia, there is "optimism growing" that a move will be done in the summer transfer window, with the Italian champions said to be in regular contact with Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes.

"The Bianconeri are just waiting for Mendes to provide a written document allowing the transfer to take place for €100 million, the figure of the gentleman's agreement previously negotiated with Real Madrid," Di Marzio reported. "Once the transfer fee is settled, they'll work on the player's contract."

Speculation about Ronaldo's future at the Santiago Bernabeu has gathered pace in recent weeks, and the prospect of the player ending his nine-year stay at the Santiago Bernabeu suddenly feels real.

Plenty has happened since Ronaldo made the switch from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

9 years ago today, @Cristiano was unveiled as a Real Madrid player https://t.co/0Yl3cBDYyH

It seems as though Ronaldo is unlikely to reach a decade in Los Blancos colours, though, as Di Marzio added Juve are prepared to pounce to sign the 33-year-old once his "breakup" from Real is confirmed.

According to Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano, Ronaldo has already agreed a lucrative contract with the Bianconeri:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Cristiano Ronaldo has already accepted Juventus contract bid: €30M/season until June 2022. CR7 is now waiting for Real Madrid to let him go and find the total agreement with Juventus. Mendes is working on it. ⚪️⚫️ #transfers #CristianoRonaldo #CR7 #RealMadrid #Juventus

In normal circumstances, the prospect of paying €100 million for a footballer who is 33 would be deemed excessive. However, it's easy to see why Juventus may be prepared to make an exception in the case of Ronaldo.

First and foremost, the Real Madrid man remains one of the best players in football. Last season, he was once again vital in helping the capital club make history, as they beat Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final to become European champions for the 13th time.

Ronaldo has won the prize four times with Madrid, with all the triumphs coming in the past five years. 

It's a competition he adores:

OptaPaolo @OptaPaolo

11 - Cristiano Ronaldo is the only player in the Champions League history to have scored in 11 consecutive games (17 goals). CRazy. https://t.co/l5iJLqgTWp

Given Juventus' pedigree, they will feel they have underachieved in the European Cup, only winning it on two occasions. They have also lost two finals in the past four seasons—one to Ronaldo's Madrid in 2016-17.

The thinking behind signing the Portugal international may be to give the team the edge needed in these key matches late in European competition.

James Robson of the Manchester Evening News believes Ronaldo would make a difference:

James Robson @JamesRobsonMEN

How many Champions League trophies would Juventus have won over the past 5 years with Ronaldo up front? Exactly

Even though the deal may make good business sense for Madrid, from a football perspective, replacing someone as influential and decisive in front of goal would be a huge challenge.

Juventus may have to put together a huge financial package to seal the deal, but the speculation will be quickening pulses in Turin, as Ronaldo still has it in him to make a massive impact in both Serie A and the Champions League.