Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo was unhappy in Italy and wanted a move to Paris Saint-Germain prior to the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 35-year-old is only in his second season in Turin following his €100 million move from Real Madrid but reports today have come out saying that the Portuguese superstar wanted a move to PSG this summer.
Ronaldo’s global brand alone would have been a huge attraction for the French champions, and partnering him with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in attack would have immediately put Thomas Tuchel’s side among the favourites to win the Champions League.
PSG could still accomplish that this season even without the five-time winner, as they are set to face Atalanta in the single-legged quarter-finals next week.
Despite their riches and domestic dominance over the past eight years, the Parisians are still to progress past the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club cup competition this millennium. In fact, the only time they have accomplished this in their history was in 1994-95, when they were beaten 3-0 on aggregate by AC Milan in the semi-finals. Their sole European trophy to date came the following season when they beat Rapid Vienna in the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 31 goals in 33 Serie A appearances this past season, 12 of those coming from the penalty spot, as he helped Juventus win their ninth consecutive Scudetto. Maurizio Sarri’s side too remain in the Champions League, but they are looking to overturn a 0-1 deficit against Lyon in their Round of 16 second leg on Friday. However, Ronaldo has not tasted Coppa Italia success, with Juventus having previously won the domestic cup for each of the four seasons prior to his arrival.
Paris Saint-Germain have already seen Edinson Cavani leave after his contract expired last month, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to leave after their Champions League campaign is over, so they are likely to be in for a forward this summer. Whether they will end up signing Ronaldo remains to be seen.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star still has two years left on his deal at the Allianz Stadium so any transfer would likely not come cheap, regardless of his age.
As well as Neymar and Mbappe, PSG do also have Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler as options in attack, whilst Pedro Sarabia has also been pushed up in the front three at times too.
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