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PSG ‘enters’ the circle of clubs who can sign Cristiano Ronaldo

By Ben Green

Cristiano Ronaldo transfer news

Published: 16:34, 13 November 2020

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo says the Ligue 1 champions are within a ‘circle’ of clubs capable of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

The 35-year-old superstar joined the Old Lady from Real Madrid in 2018 for £99.2m, which made him the fourth-most expensive player in world football at the time.

Despite the gargantuan fee, the Portugal international has vindicated his price tag, collecting back-to-back Scudetti as well as netting 71 goals in 94 matches, including the winner in Juve’s 2018 Supercoppa Italiana triumph over Milan.

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However, reports suggest the Italian champions could be looking to offload Ronaldo next summer, with the club eager to get his £28m-per-year wage package off the books. It is claimed Ronaldo’s annual salary is five times more than his highest-paid teammate, Paulo Dybala.

Only a handful of clubs boast pockets deep enough to tempt Ronaldo away from Turin, and PSG are one such club, with sporting director Leonardo recently stoking the flames on a potential deal down the line.

When asked if the Parisians are keeping tabs on Ronaldo, Leonardo refused to downplay the suggestion, telling PSGTV: “Today in football we do not know what will happen.

“Maybe tomorrow Cristiano Ronaldo wakes up and says I want to go play elsewhere.

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“Who can buy him? It’s a closed circle. PSG enters this circle. Usually it is about opportunities, situations.

“The transfer window, we have to prepare for it and that’s what we do. We have our priorities, our lists, but something unforeseen can happen.”

Thomas Tuchel’s side cantered to supremacy in France once again last season, clinching a domestic treble, but the capital club just came up short in the Champions League, firing a blank against Bayern Munich in the final.

In truth the Parisians had a relatively straightforward run to the showpiece event in Portugal, taking on debutants Atalanta, and knockout-round debutants RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

When faced against Champions League regulars Bayern they lacked a cutting edge in the final third. The acquisition of Ronaldo would go a long way to solving that issue.

Since PSG’s return to the Champions League in 2012/13 after a seven-year absence, they have netted 43 goals in the knockout rounds. Incredibly, Ronaldo has scored 47 in that same timeframe. Such experience and pedigree in those latter stages will be needed if PSG are to conquer Europe.