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Manchester United report: Two more clubs enter race for Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo will hold talks with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag this week to underline his position of wanting a transfer, according to reports.

The Portuguese star has asked to be allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer if a suitable offer arrives from a Champions League club.

But he’s expected to be back at Carrington on Monday to begin pre-season with the Red Devils.

Erik ten Hag

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The Sun (opens in new tab)writes that Ronaldo will urgently speak with Ten Hag to clarify his stance, although United have maintained so far that the 37-year-old is not for sale.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli have been linked with a move for the striker, but the newspaper reports that Portuguese clubs Porto and Sporting CP – the latter being Ronaldo’s first club – are also looking into possible bids.

For now, Ronaldo’s future remains uncertain, and he’s still expected to be part of United’s 16-day tour of Thailand and Australia, which begins on Friday.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal for Manchester United against Tottenham.

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The Portugal star was the Red Devils’ top scorer last season, with 24 goals in all competitions, but a sixth-place Premier League finish has left him wanting a move after just one year back in Manchester.

Ronaldo has competed in 19 consecutive Champions League campaigns and is the competition’s all-time top scorer.

He therefore wants to continue playing in the elite competition, not the Europa League, but finding a club that needs him and is willing to pay his high salary demands could be complicated.

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A bid has been submitted (opens in new tab) for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, while United are closing in on Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.  (opens in new tab)

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.