Cristiano Ronaldo wants to return to the Premier League if he leaves Real Madrid this summer but rather than re-join Manchester United, the forward reportedly wants to play for a London club.
According to French outlet Le10Sport, Ronaldo’s summer priority is a move to the English capital.
The 33-year-old’s agent, Jorge Mendes, plans to make first contact with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham as a result. The representative isn’t ruling out a move elsewhere though, with Paris Saint-Germain another possible destination.
In fact, it’s the Ligue 1 club who could reportedly decide Ronaldo’s fate. They play Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, and according to Luis Campos, the Portuguese star might decide his future on the basis of the Spanish club’s success in the tie.
“There is the question of whether to continue to Real or leave,” he explained. “I understand that negotiations are going on right now. If Real Madrid gets eliminated by PSG, everything will be questioned. We will have to redo everything. I am sure that if he leaves Real, he will go to a big club.”
Realistically, it seems very unlikely that Arsenal will play any part in this saga either way.
Ronaldo is one of the greatest players of all time, but the club can’t afford another star forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil are already using up the wage budget.
If the club are going to sign someone on big money, it should be a centre-back, a defensive midfielder, or a goalkeeper. Buying expensive attacking players and ignoring the rest of the team isn’t a valid option.
More importantly, I doubt Ronaldo is ever going to go to a club that aren’t playing in the Champions League.
If Arsenal can’t even qualify, again, which is looking more and more likely, they have no chance.