Late on Saturday, Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag confirmed to the media that Cristiano Ronaldo would be back with the squad for the remainder of the preseason. The Portuguese star has also been included in the squad to face Rayo Vallecano this week.
While one would assume that the superstar’s return confirms his continuity at the club, that is not the case. Fabrizio Romano reports that Ronaldo still wishes to leave Old Trafford this summer.
According to the Italian journalist, Jorge Mendes is still communicating with both Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich to engineer a move away from England.
Both clubs have rejected the player’s services in the current window, but that has not stopped Mendes from trying to persuade the parties.
Diego Simeone’s side require an effective centre-forward for the upcoming season. Yet, they see the signing of Ronaldo as impossible because of the star’s astronomical wages.
Atletico Madrid would need to sell Antoine Griezmann to accommodate Ronaldo, but that is not a route the club are willing to take. Moreover, the player’s age and history with Real Madrid are other factors to consider.
As it stands, Cholo has the services of Matheus Cunha and Alvaro Morata at his disposal. While the latter’s continuity is not confirmed, it has become an increasing possibility in recent days.
Last season, Ronaldo scored 18 goals and provided three assists in 30 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils. He complemented that with a healthy six goals in the UEFA Champions League.
Atletico Madrid have made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.
The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.
Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.
Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.
The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.
Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.
Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.
Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.