Chelsea and Arsenal have responded to an offer that could see them sign Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports. The Portuguese international has struggled for playing time this season at Old Trafford, often being used as a bench option under Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo remains linked to a departure from the club as a result, with a possible move to cards for January, with his contract expiring next summer. The striker has been criticized lately, leaving the ground before the end of his team’s victory against Tottenham.
He was later sacked from the squad to face Chelsea, with a club statement saying: “Cristiano will not be part of Manchester United’s squad for this Saturday’s game against Chelsea. The rest of the squad is fully focused on preparing for that game. “.
Ten Hag has since insisted that Ronaldo is an important part of the squad and that there will be no change to a forward in the January window. However, players like Chelsea and Arsenal remain linked to a move for the 37-year-old, who is still chasing glory in the twilight of his career.
The Blues were discussed as a potential destination when new co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly spoke to Jorge Mendes about a possible deal. This did not materialize in the summer, although the signing of a new striker took place ahead of schedule.
As for the Gunners, they also signed a new striker earlier in the window with Gabriel Jesus, with their new transfer strategy centered on signing younger players. That means both are unlikely to make a move to Ronaldo in January after being sounded out about the possibility.
That’s according to the Sun, which reports that the two London clubs have turned down the option to face the striker, with a possible move to Napoli on the cards. It remains to be seen how the saga unfolds, with many twists and turns still in the works.