Manchester United have reportedly told Cristiano Ronaldo he is not for sale after his agent Jorge Mendes met with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.
Ronaldo, 37, has been linked to the exit door this summer, with reports claiming he is concerned about United's lack of activity in the transfer window. It emerged on Saturday (June 25) that super agent Mendes had spoken with Boehly following his takeover at Stamford Bridge.
But according to The Mirror, furious Old Trafford chiefs are standing firm on their stance that Ronaldo is going nowhere. A source told them: "Cristiano is not for sale. We want – and fully expect – him to be with us next season."
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The club legend signed a two-year contract worth £500,000-a-week last summer, but his dream return quickly turned into a nightmare. A sixth-placed finish left him without his desired Champions League football, but Erik ten Hag's appointment appeared to convince him to stay.
The transfer window has started poorly, though, with United already lagging behind their rivals in the market despite needing a major overhaul of their squad. Top defensive target Jurrien Timber has turned his former Ajax boss down.
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Ten Hag has been trying to secure a reunion with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong too. But the two clubs are still far apart in their valuations.
It's a similar story in negotiations for Ajax winger Antony, who missed their first day of pre-season training this week. And free agent Christian Eriksen is still mulling over an offer from United.
Losing Ronaldo would make their summer even harder than it already is, and letting him join a Premier League rival would be almost unthinkable.
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