Cristiano Ronaldo is close to becoming a Manchester City player, as the 36-year-old forward is reportedly willing to part ways with Juventus and join Pep Guardiola's side.
In an eye-popping transfer window, where Lionel Messi has left Barcelona to sign for Paris Saint-Germain, the footballer with whom he has shared the throne as the finest player in the world could also make a big move back to the Premier League.
Why is Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Juventus?
Ronaldo has scored 101 goals in 134 games for Juventus and led them to a couple of Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and two Supercoppas Italiana.
Meanwhile, last season Cristiano was Serie A's top scorer with 29 goals but he wasn't able to lead the Old Lady to Champions League glory after having won the trophy four times with Real Madrid and once with Manchester United.
In his three attempts, Juventus were eliminated by Ajax in the quarter-finals in 2018/19, Lyon in the round of 16 one year later and Porto at the same stage last season.
By allowing Ronaldo to depart, Juventus would lower their wage bill as the Portuguese forward earns 31 million euros per season, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
After losing the Serie A title for the first time since 2011, Juventus are looking to rebuild their team following Massimiliano Allegri's return as head coach.
How much is he going to cost Manchester City?
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus could sell Ronaldo to Manchester City for a figure between 25 and 30m euros.
Back in 2018 the Old Lady spent 112m euros to sign the Portugal international from Real Madrid, and the money they will receive will serve to amortise his signing.
As reported by Tuttosport, the Sky Blues are contemplating including a player as a makeweight and Ronaldo would sign a two-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, while, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, his salary will be around half of he earns at Juventus.
What is Cristiano Ronaldo doing now?
"Ronaldo feels good," Allegri said after Juventus' 2-2 draw with Udinese, where Cristiano came off the bench.
"I spoke with him and told him that he was going to start on the bench. He was willing; he did well and he even scored [a late winner that was offside].
"It is not a technical question, but to understand the moment and the athletic conditions. It is necessary to manage everyone."
Cristiano has already communicated to Juve and the dressing room his intention to leave the club, while he didn't train with the Italian team on Friday. He spent 40 minutes at Continassa before leaving the training ground without taking part in Allegri's session, according to the Italian press. His agent, Jorge Mendes, is working on the deal and Juventus are awaiting City's offer.
Where will he play under Guardiola?
After Harry Kane announced that he is staying at Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City have been left with one natural striker in Gabriel Jesus.
Guardiola has used Ferran Torres as a false nine at the start of the season and did the same last team with Kevin De Bruyne in either a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Ronaldo's arrival will not force Guardiola to change his system as the Portuguese can feature up front for the Sky Blues.
What does his return to the Premier League and Manchester mean?
Cristiano arrived at Old Trafford as a youngster in 2003 and left for Real Madrid in 2009 for 94 million euros after becoming a world-class player.
Sir Alex Ferguson moulded a skilled winger to a lethal forward. Ronaldo played 292 games for Manchester United, scoring 118 goals and winning three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two Carabao Cups, a Community Shield, a Champions League trophy, a Club World Cup and a Ballon d'Or.
His possible move to Manchester City would not sit well with Manchester United fans who idolise him, as they already demonstrated when he played for Real Madrid at Old Trafford in 2013, a tie in which he was applauded by his former fans and in which the Portuguese did not celebrate his goals.
Who will Juventus sign to replace him?
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are already working on signing Ronaldo's replacement. Moise Kean and Mauro Icardi are two potential candidates, as both can fit in Allegri's formation and complement Alvaro Morata in attack.
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