Cristiano Ronaldo wants £510,000-a-week to seal Man City transfer but obstacles to overcome before deal is struck
CRISTIANO RONALDO wants £510,000-a-week to join Manchester City from Juventus.
Such a deal would make him City’s highest earner by a mile which could upset others in the squad.
SunSport can reveal there are still many obstacles and issues to overcome if a deal is to be struck.
But the transfer is by no means off the table.
For example, Juventus want between £24million and 25.5m, or a player, in return for Ronnie – who has a year left on his contract – which the Cityzens are reluctant to do at this stage.
Instead, City want to give all the cash to Ronaldo, by attempting to lure the 36-year-old with £53m in wages over two years.
Spanish outlet AS reported on Thursday afternoon that player and club have already agreed personal terms.
Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne is City’s highest earner on £385,000-a-week.
Raheem Sterling is second on £300k-a-week with John Stones (£250k) and new £100m signing Jack Grealish fourth on a cool £230k-a-week.
And there is a fear making Ronnie the club’s highest earner by £125k-a-week, will lead to resentment among others in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Juventus reportedly like the idea of taking City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus in a swap, but Guardiola is said to have rebuffed that idea.
Despite the difficulties City face convincing Juve to let Ronaldo leave on their terms, they remain undeterred.
After liaising with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, he’s said to have arrived in Turin on Thursday with the hopes of sealing a deal.
But Mendes failed to come to an agreement with Juve chiefs – with the club refusing to let him go for nothing, according to Sky Sports News.
No more meetings are planned for Thursday with Juve sticking by their demands.
City are said to be the only team in the running to sign the former Real Madrid star – having switched their focus after missing out on Harry Kane.
Paris Saint-Germain are not interested.
Ronaldo is not said to have directly told the Old Lady he wants to leave.
The Portuguese scored 118 goals in 292 games for City’s bitter rivals Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.