Barcelona president Joan Laporta declined to say whether his club was offered the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer.
barcelona President Joan Laporta has declined to confirm whether his club was offered the chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo From Manchester United earlier this summer.
Ronaldo is believed to have told the Red Devils at the beginning of the month that he wants to leave the club in the current window to move to the Champions League squad.
The Portugal international has so far been unsuccessful in his apparent exit attempts, with Bayern Munich, Chelsea And Paris Saint Germain Everyone is putting themselves out of the race.
There were also rumors that the 37-year-old was offered to Barcelona by his agent George Mendes During the period when he was finding it difficult to come to an agreement with Bayern Robert Lewandowski,
However, the Catalan outfit eventually managed to sign Lewandowski from the Bundesliga champions, with Laporta insisting that the Poland international was always their prime target.
“Well, this type of story is within the process of the summer window. There’s always a lot of news. But in the end the truth is, we wanted Lewandowski,” Laporta told CBS Sports When asked about Ronaldo.
“We have a great relationship with Jorge Mendes. I’ve known him for a long time. He’s one of the best player agents. He knows how to do his job and I respect him.”
“In this case, we decided to go for Lewandowski and knew he was vital to our success. So we went to Bayern instead. That’s reality. Second one.” [Ronaldo] The topic is just one part of the “little history” of football. It’s a great story, but you’ve always heard a lot of conflicting news about it.
“Ronaldo is a very good professional and he is still very fit. He is a player who is very ambitious and competitive and I am sure he has a lot of options. He is still a Manchester United player, a standout A club that I respect very much. Their future is not my business. It is Manchester United and Cristiano’s business.”
Ronaldo returned to Manchester early last week to discuss his future, and is believed to have revisited his desire to leave the Red Devils before the end of the transfer window.
However, Man United are refusing to change their stance, saying the veteran forward is not up for sale this summer.
Ronaldo was not part of the squad that traveled to Norway on Saturday for a pre-season friendly with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
The Portuguese stayed in Manchester instead and appears to be joining Rayo Vallecano in Sunday’s match, which comes 24 hours after the game. Diego Simeoneside of
Sporting Lisbon And napoli The striker is the latest to be joined by the club, who is believed to be desperate to continue playing in the Champions League during the 2022–23 campaign.
Barcelona have ongoing financial issues but have been able to make five first-team signings in the current market, with Lewandowski joining Andreas Christensen, frank casey, rafinha And Jules Conde at Camp Nou