- Spanish daily Marca has reported that Juventus have reached a verbal agreement with Cristiano Ronaldo
- Ronaldo had expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid after the Champions League final in May
Not the Premier League, not Paris-Saint Germain, not China and not Japan. In latest Real Madrid Transfer News, Italian giants Juventus have now emerged as the favourites to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Such has been the pace of negotiations between the concerned parties that the Serie A champions have already laid down groundwork to prepare for the Portuguese superstar’s arrival.
Ronaldo had reiterated his desire to leave Real Madrid after the Champions League final against Liverpool in May and Juventus are well aware of the differences that the player has with Bernabeu head honcho Florentino Perez. To elaborate on this Real Madrid Latest News, the Serie A champions have also communicated to Ronaldo’s representatives that they are willing to offer him a contract worth 30 million pounds per season until the year 2022. The club have also contacted Real Madrid to try and negotiate the transfer.
On paper, Ronaldo’s release clause of 1000 million Euros could be a massive stumbling block but everything is obviously negotiable. Juventus bosses believe that they can convince Real into selling their star man for much less, a figure which is totally withing their reach. The said sum was also documented as a matter of commitment and given to Ronaldo last January.
Ronaldo, of course, agreed to a clause in this document that is he were to seek a transfer to a ‘direct rival’ like Barcelona or PSG, the said club will have to shell out the entirety of his 1000 million release clause while other clubs could have him for a significantly lesser amount.
Real Madrid, on their part, are also known to ship off players who are not keen on staying at the club. James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, who left in the summer of 2017, are both prime examples of the club’s stance on players who express a desire to leave.
Juventus have a verbal agreement with Ronaldo
Marca and Tuttosport have both reported in their recent Real Madrid Transfer News 2018 columns that Juventus are aware of the sum that will successfully lure Ronaldo away from Madrid and are even said to have reached a verbal agreement with the player who has just finished off his 2018 FIFA World Cup commitments with Portugal after crashing in the Round of 16 stage against Uruguay.
Juventus, who have been crowned the Serie A champions for 7 years running now, are willing to guarantee Ronaldo a contract until 2022, which is a year more than his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu. Also, the Italian champions have offered the 33-year-old superstar a salary of 30 million pounds a year. The figure is higher than what Real Madrid offered him a few days before Portugal’s World Cup camp last month.
Andre Agnelli, the president of Juventus, has also been made aware of the fact that money is not the only driving force for Ronaldo at this stage of his career. It is respect that he craves and Juventus are ready to put Turin at this feet. The player could also be tempted to headline Old Lady’s mission of winning the Champions League.
There is no real rival for Juventus on the domestic front but they have continuously faltered on the European stage, albeit coming very close to winning the Champions League in the last 3 years. They have lost finals against both Barcelona and Real Madrid and are looking to lure Ronaldo in so as to achieve their European ambitions. The Portuguese skipper himself scored two goals in the Cardiff final in 2017 and also scored a memorable overhead bicycle kick at the Juventus Stadium in the quarterfinals last season.
Ronaldo excited at the prospect of leading Juventus to the Champions League
Now, everything looks to be in place for Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin as Juventus are also keen to offload Gonzalo Higuain and need a new star man upfront. Coach Massimiliano Allegri feels Ronaldo could be the ideal man to start a new revolution at the club.
Marca have also suggested in their Latest Real Madrid Transfer News section that Cristiano is also delighted at the possibility of playing for Juventus. He knows that leaving Madrid would obviously be a step down in his career, but at the same time he also considers that he has already achieved everything in the whites of Real Madrid. The 33-year-old feels that he can write a new chapter in Juventus’ glorious history and also wants to reach the personal milestone of winning the Champions League with three different clubs.
What now remains is that Real Madrid and Juventus shake hands and reach an agreement for the transfer.
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