Al-Hilal could compete with Al Nassr for ex-Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is coveted by Al Nassr’s fierce rivals Al-Hilal, and the Portugal star is closing in on a move to Saudi Arabia following his departure from Manchester United.
The iconic striker quit Manchester United by mutual consent last week after an explosive unplanned interview with Piers Morgan rendered his position at the club unsustainable.
Jorge Mendes has since been looking for a new club for his top client and, as reported by The Peoples Person, the player has been offered an eye-watering sum to join Al Nassr.
But that is unlikely to be Ronaldo’s only option, with Fabrizio Romano suggesting that another club wants to sign him on his YouTube channel.
“It’s confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo has this big historical proposal – the biggest proposal in the history of football coming from Al Nassr, the Saudi club – for the Portugal star.
“It’s a proposal of €200m per season until June 2025.”
This deal has not yet been agreed to, with Romano claiming that Ronaldo’s lawyers are perusing the contracts at the stage to assess the offer in greater detail.
The mammoth bid includes both salary and commercial deals, meaning that there is work to do to break down the true value of the contract to the former United striker.
“There is another club that wants Cristiano Ronaldo and this club is Al Hilal.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was approached by people from the club prepared to make another important and crazy proposal.
“There is one point: I’m told that Al-Hilal will not be able to sign players in January. They will only be able to sign players in the summer and that’s why as things stand at the moment, it’s complicated to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
“This is why Al Nassr is pushing more at the moment than Al-Hilal, but Al-Hilal also has an interest and would love to have Ronaldo in the summer, so let’s see what happens.
The priority of Cristiano Ronaldo remains to have a new club as soon as possible, in Europe if possible. But if there is not the right possibility, Al Nassr is ahead of Al-Hilal at the moment.”
Romano goes on to dismiss rumors that the likes of Newcastle United are interested in the player and says that there are no offers from European teams at this stage.
However, the journalist did leave the door open for a possible Chelsea bid in January, given their interest in Ronaldo last summer.
The Portugal captain is now focused on the World Cup and is not anticipated to make a definitive decision until the tournament concludes in Qatar.
He may be hoping that a successful showing on the international scene will pique the interest of clubs such as Chelsea and offer him one last shot at the UEFA Champions League.
It is possible that Ronaldo may seek a short-term contract with a European club before relocating to Saudi Arabia in the summer, giving Al-Hilal a strong chance of grabbing him from under their rivals’ noses.