Manchester City have reportedly been offered Cristiano Ronaldo as an alternative to Harry Kane this summer, and the veteran Juventus star could be a phenomenal addition to Pep Guardiola’s squad.
According to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has sensationally offered City the chance to sign the legendary forward this summer in a deal worth just £25m.
Although Ronaldo is now 36 years old, he emphasised his class at Euro 2020 this summer by winning the Golden Boot. He could be the clinical goalscorer that City are clearly lacking, with early-season performances suggesting that if they cannot bring in a striker, then they could struggle to match the heights of last term.
Kane remains the first-choice option for City, but given that Daniel Levy has reportedly decided not to sell the England captain to City, with their £125m bid rejected, it might be time for Guardiola to consider alternatives as we near the end of the transfer window.
Ronaldo has enjoyed an incredible career with Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus, scoring 674 goals in total, whilst his 36 goals in all competitions for Juventus last season demonstrates that he certainly isn’t slowing down.
The Portuguese forward’s time at Old Trafford could prove to be a stumbling block in any potential move. However, if City could convince him to join, he could be a superb short-term option for the club, and would perhaps allow them to fill the gap left by Sergio Aguero before potentially taking advantage of Erling Haaland’s release clause at Borussia Dortmund next summer.
After failing to score in their first two games of the new campaign, Guardiola clearly needs a centre-forward before the window shuts; and considering that the manager dubbed Ronaldo “incredible” back in 2020, Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider bringing him to the Etihad this summer.