Former Bayern Munich midfielder Lothar Matthaus believes it would be ‘sexy’ if Cristiano Ronaldo moved to the German club this summer.
Ronaldo has told Manchester United he wishes to leave amid concerns he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies at Old Trafford.
Although the Red Devils insist he is not for the sale, the 37-year-old has asked them to accept any suitable offer that comes in.
While there are not many teams who would be able to match Ronaldo’s ambition and current wages, his agent Jorge Mendes has spoken to clubs such as Bayern and Chelsea in recent weeks to test whether there is a market for his client.
With that in mind, World Cup winner Matthaus has urged the Bundesliga champions to seriously consider making a move for the Portuguese forward.
‘Ronaldo to Bayern would be sexy!’ Matthaus told Sky Germany. ‘At least you should think through the options and play through them once.
‘If Bayern are of the opinion that Cristiano Ronaldo is still physically able to really help for a year or two and that they can invest the transfer fee generated for Robert Lewandowski more or less like-for-like in the Portuguese megastar, I would think about it.’
Lewandowski has told Bayern that he wishes to leave the Allianz Arena this summer for a new challenge, so the German side may be on the hunt for a new star name.
Julien Nagelsmann has already completed the £35million signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool, but five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo would be on another level.
While Matthaus would have some concerns over Bayern buying the United star, he believes they are outweighed by the impact he would have on and off the pitch.
‘Of course, that would not be a transfer with a view to the future,’ he said. ‘He’s 37 and would always make headlines.
‘I’m also not sure if he fits into Bayern Munich’s system. But he’s still an outstanding goalscorer. He’s one of the best strikers of all time and would certainly score around 30 goals. Refinancing through jersey sales and the like would be guaranteed.’
United have arguably struggled with a similar balancing act. Ronaldo scored 24 goals in his first season back at Old Trafford and his stunning return brought a huge buzz to the club, but it came at the detriment of other players.
New boss Erik ten Hag has made plans for the forward to be part of his team this season, but that may not materialise if Ronaldo gets his wish.