No money for Kane, but Ronaldo could return to Manchester as a blue

August 27 – Having failed in a bid to lure England captain Harry Kane, English champions Manchester City are reportedly poised to pull off a sensational coup by signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar has less than 12 months left on his contract with the Italian club that is worth an estimated €31 million a season after tax, having moved to Serie A from Real Madrid in 2018.

After weeks of speculation, media reports suggest Juventus will now accept a fee of between €25 million and €30 million for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Some reports say personal terms have already been agreed on a two-year deal with Ronaldo being paid over £250,000 a week.

With Kane announcing his staying at Spurs, City have switched their focus back to Ronaldo, one of the greatest players of all time whose move would not only boost their chances of landing the Champions League trophy for the first time but also present an intriguing sub-plot since it was with Manchester United between 2003 and 2009 where he made his name before being sold to Real Madrid.

To add to the interest, Ronaldo is apparently unavailable for Juve’s match against Empoli on Saturday having said his goodbyes to his team-mates.

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