The ongoing saga over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United future has taken yet another turn, with reports suggesting the United talisman could be set for a move to Italy with Napoli.
Napoli have been considering a move for the 37-year-old throughout the summer, but talks appeared to have broken down before a bid had been submitted.
Ronaldo has made no attempt to hide his desire to continue playing Champions League football this season, with United’s sixth-placed finish last term confining the legendary striker to his first season outside of the competition since turning out in the UEFA Cup for Sporting Lisbon in 2002.
However, according to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is currently in talks with the Naples club with a view to completing the deal before the end of the transfer window.
The deal would reportedly see Ronaldo move to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on a loan deal, where United may still continue to pay a portion of the Portuguese star’s wages.
Reports also suggest that should a deal be completed, that Napoli striker Victor Osimhen could find himself heading to Old Trafford for a fee of £84.5million.
United are said to have attempted to bring down Napoli’s asking price for the Nigerian striker by proposing a swap deal including Ronaldo, but the Italian club refused to budge on their €100million asking price.
A move for Osimhen could provide the firepower that Erik ten Hag has been looking for since arriving as United boss earlier this summer.
Osimhen has been in impressive form since joining Napoli from Lille in 2020, reaching double figures in the league in both of his full campaigns with the club, and winning Serie A’s Best Young Player award for his performances last season.