Chelsea pull out of Cristiano Ronaldo race as Man Utd star’s options dwindle

Chelsea have become the latest club to pull out of the race for Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portugal international’s options shrinking ever more as he looks for a way out

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 28, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Chelsea have become the latest club to pull out of the race for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal superstar, 37, wants to leave the side this summer and play for a club that can offer Champions League football. Ronaldo and his representatives reportedly met with new Blues co-owner Todd Boehly but the conversation was mainly around any relationship the player’s agent and the club may have going forward.

However, it is thought that there were some talks about the future of Ronaldo at Stamford Bridge. But today the Mirror reports that the global star will not be making the move to London as Chelsea have pulled out of the running for him. The Premier League star has attracted interest from Saudi Arabia, with an unnamed club in the country understood to be willing to offer him a two-year deal worth £105million every year.

As for the Blues, they are prioritising defenders, with winger Raheem Sterling singing for some £47.5million from Manchester City yesterday.

As well as this, Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly is believed to be arriving next this weekend, bringing an end of the rumours about the player and a Premier League switch. Another player Thomas Tuchel is also closing in on Nathan Ake, who would be making his second stint as a Chelsea player, and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Quarter Final - Second Leg - Real Madrid v Chelsea - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - April 12, 2022Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Ronaldo left Juventus last year and made the return to Man United, where he was the side’s top scorer. Things have not gone to plan as the side just scrapped a Europa League place last season and now he appears to be looking for a way out.

Bayern Munich were another club linked, with the imminent departure of Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona. But President of their Board of Directors, Oliver Khan, said last week: “As much as I appreciate Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the greatest, a move would not fit into our philosophy.”

As well as this, French champions Paris St Germain have said that they are not interested in getting involved in bringing Ronaldo into the side to link up with Lionel Messi.

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