According to reports in The Express, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is lining up a move for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo – who could cost more than £150m – in order to keep Antonio Conte at the club.
Well, the 32-year-old forward could be set to leave Real Madrid this summer with BBC Football reporting that the 2016 Ballon d’Or winner is “upset” after being accused of tax fraud and wants to leave Spain.
That news has obviously alerted a number of top European clubs, who want to sign a player that is considered by many to be the best in the world at the current time, although the story suggests he could cost at least £150m – and probably more.
The Express says Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Manchester United are also interested, but Abramovich is ready to make his move with rumours suggesting that manager Antonio Conte is unhappy.
Despite leading the club to the Premier League title, the Daily Mail suggests the Italian is frustrated at the club’s lack of action in the transfer market while the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United have made early signings.
If they could pull off a coup for Ronaldo, his mind would quickly change.
It’s a bit of a stupid question really.
Even though he is 32 years of age, Ronaldo is brilliant physical shape and shows few signs of losing the ability that has made him one of the best players this planet has ever seen.
He has scored an incredible 406 goals in 394 appearances in all competitions for Real since joining them from the Red Devils in 2009.
It will be difficult.
With United keen and interest likely to come from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and clubs from the Chinese Super League, they face a tough task to persuade the Portugal international to move to Stamford Bridge.
However, The Express report says that they could be willing to use Eden Hazard as bait, with Real Madrid known to be long-term admirers of the Belgian forward.
Well, if Ronaldo decides he wants to leave Real Madrid for certain then Chelsea certainly face a huge battle to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.
However, money talks and Roman Abramovich may be willing to throw a lot of it at the Portuguese star to convince him to move to England.