Ronaldo 'agrees transfer' with Man City ahead of Premier League return
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Cristiano Ronaldo could be a Manchester City player by the time the window ends, as personal terms have reportedly been agreed with the Portugal star – leaving fans of ex-club Manchester United reeling.
Ronaldo is prepared to break a promise that he made to United fans in his Real Madrid days, in which he said he’d never move for money to the Etihad – as he tried not to betray the Old Trafford faithful for the love and affection they showed him in his six-year stint at the Theatre of Dreams.
Moving to United as an 18-year old in 2003 from Sporting Lisbon, the Portugal forward quickly announced himself as one of the world’s best players with his dazzling skills and precise finishing.
And having moved on from United twelve years ago, it was always anticipated that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would move back to the Red Devils at some point.
But after today’s reports that he has agreed personal terms with Pep Guardiola’s men, it signals one of the most sensational transfers of all time – and a lot of betrayal to United fans.
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“You think the money will change my mind now?,” Ronaldo said in an interview with the BBC in 2015.
“I don’t think so. This is not going to be a problem. If you speak about the money, I’ll go to Qatar.
“They probably have more money than Manchester City. It’s not about the money, it’s about the passion.”
However, after starting on the bench against Udinese on Sunday, rumours intensified about Ronaldo’s exit – and less than a week later, it appears he may just end up at the Etihad before Tuesday’s deadline.
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The striker, 28, had a £150million price tag placed on him – a fee which Manchester City are not willing to splash out.
The maximum Pep Guardiola’s side put on the table was £128m, but with Daniel Levy unwilling to budge on his original asking price, that deal is now dead in the water with Kane announcing he will stay at Spurs.
And with City legend Sergio Aguero leaving for the sunny beaches of Barcelona following the expiration of his ten-year Etihad stint this summer, there is a need for a replacement.
The Argentine scored 260 goals in 390 appearances for City, marking his name as arguably their greatest ever player; with five Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, six League cups and a Premier League golden boot to his name.
That will be extremely hard to replicate; but if you could choose anyone to do it, then Ronaldo would be many people’s first choice.
City will look to replicate their 5-0 win over Norwich last weekend with a victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
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