Chelsea should be cautioned against signing Cristiano Ronaldo in light of Gary Neville’s forecast for Manchester United.
After Manchester United re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, Gary Neville made a prediction that came true, and Chelsea should take note. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who apparently wants to leave the Red Devils after only one season, has been linked to a move to the Blues.
United endured their worst-ever Premier League season to date and missed out on Champions League football after a dismal end to the campaign under interim boss Ralf Rangnick. Ronaldo’s status in the side was subject to constant scrutiny, but the former Juventus and Real Madrid striker still scored 24 times in all competitions.
The 37-year-old has one year left to run on his deal at Old Trafford but has not joined Erik ten Hag‘s side on their tour of Thailand and Australia. With less than a month to go until the start of the season, United is facing the prospect of replacing a club legend while finding a club with the financial muscle capable of signing Ronaldo.
With questions over Napoli‘s ability to gather the money required to negotiate a deal, Chelsea has emerged as the early front-runner. On the strength of their Champions League victory, Thomas Tuchel’s team had a bright start to the previous year, and many people predicted a three-horse race for the Premier League championship.