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It will not be “easy to find a solution” for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer with Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag wanting a fresh meeting, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Portugal international wants to leave Old Trafford this summer after the Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League last term.
It has been claimed that Ronaldo was originally happy to play on this season at Man Utd but that their lack of early transfer business and ambition saw him decide to ask to leave.
Bayern Munich and Chelsea have been linked with a possible move for Ronaldo, but a transfer to either of those clubs seems fairly unlikely this summer.
And Romano claims that it is going to be a “very slow” process this summer if Ronaldo ends up leaving Man Utd with Ten Hag requesting a meeting with the striker.
Romano said on the Wondergoal Podcast: “Man Utd are still very clear. They insist that Cristiano is not for sale and that they really want to keep Cristiano at the club.
“And Erik ten Hag is waiting to have a new meeting, a new conversation, face-to-face with Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, to discuss about the future because the feeling of Erik ten Hag is that it was a very good conversation, the first one that they had once he was announced as manager.
“So, I’m really curious to see what happens because Erik ten Hag is still waiting and hoping to keep Cristiano at the club.
“And what I’m told is that Cristiano Ronaldo is very happy with Erik ten Hag. He considers Erik ten Hag a top manager, the perfect man to do it at Man Utd, to rebuild Man Utd.
“But the real problem is about the ambition of the club, the signings, the rebuilding of the team. This is what Cristiano wanted to see but Man Utd at the moment is still in early stages and this why Cristiano Ronaldo asked to leave the club.
“So, the situation is Man Utd are trying to change his mind, waiting for Cristiano to come back and have a conversation, try to change his mind and keep him at the club.
“But at the same point, also today, Cristiano Ronaldo is still pushing, with his agent Jorge Mendes, to find a solution, to find a club, to go and try a new experience.
“Jorge Mendes was pushing a lot with Chelsea. He was trying with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, after two meetings, to push with Cristiano, to have this opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo in London for the first time in his career.
“He wanted this opportunity but Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel is the man who decides now, of course together with Todd Boehly but Tuchel has a lot of power in football decisions at Chelsea and he said no to this opportunity.
“I’m sure that Jorge Mendes, knowing how he works, he’ll push and try and try again till the end of the window but as of today, Tuchel wants different players for Chelsea’s project. So it’s a no on Chelsea’s side.”
Romano added: “Let me say that Bayern, it’s a bit different because internally in the board of the club, they feel that the philosophy of Bayern is different and this is why they’re not going for Cristiano Ronaldo and this is why they’re stating in public that they’re not going for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“At the same point, I’m told that someone at the club will be tempted at the opportunity with Cristiano but as of now, it’s still a no because they don’t want to go against the philosophy of the club.
“So it is complicated with Bayern, it’s complicated with Chelsea. Let’s see what happens at clubs around Europe. I’m told that with Italian clubs at the moment, it’s a no for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“So it’s not easy. The Arabic club made a big proposal for Cristiano Ronaldo but it’s a no from Cristiano’s side, as of now.
“It’s going very slow. It’s going very slow because it’s not easy to find a solution for Cristiano Ronaldo. When you’re Cristiano Ronaldo and looking for a top club, it’s never so easy.”
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