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Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

United’s public message has been that Ronaldo is not for sale after failing to show up for pre-season training for four days in a row. He has alleged family reasons, an explanation that the club accepts.

The final decision will rest with Ronaldo, leaving the door open for him to change his mind and stay at Old Trafford.

Sky sports news He has been told that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has spent the last few weeks selling the ‘Christian effect’ to clubs after compiling a dossier of his client’s immense sponsorship, social media and ‘new markets’ influence. ‘.

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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is among the executives who heard the pitch and is considering a move, with the Blues also discussing a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar.

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Broadcaster and journalist Flo Lloyd-Hughes takes a look at today’s biggest stories, including Cristiano Ronaldo topping Todd Boehly’s wish list at Chelsea.

However, Chelsea is concentrating on deals for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, with the club only wanting to sign the players that head coach Thomas Tuchel wants.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Napoli have also committed to Mendes.

The 37-year-old has not returned to training at Carrington, citing family reasons, which the club have accepted.

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After missing the start of pre-season training for family reasons, Cristiano Ronaldo could still leave Manchester United this summer despite the club saying he is not for sale.

Ronaldo’s absence comes amid informing United that he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer if a suitable offer comes through.

Ronaldo was due to rejoin his teammates on Monday but instead has been keeping fit at Portugal’s training base Cidade do Futebol for the past few days.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that Ronaldo’s future at United cannot become a “saga” this summer.

the sky sports The expert tweeted on Monday: “The only important factor with the Ronaldo situation is that it is dealt with decisively and quickly. This cannot be a saga that takes the focus off ETH bedding for the next two months.”

Ronaldo is understood to be concerned about United’s transfer activity this summer, but on Tuesday the club announced the first signing of Ten Hag with the arrival of Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.

Malacia could soon be followed by the arrival of Christian Eriksen after the Denmark international agreed in principle to join United on a free transfer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manchester United's Tyrell Malacia poses with Manager Erik ten Hag after signing his contract with the club at Carrington Training Ground on July 05, 2022 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
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New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag (left) has made Tyrell Malacia his first signing

There is a basic agreement with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong, while advanced negotiations continue for Lisandro MartĂ­nez.

Talks have also been held with Ajax for striker Antony, but new manager Alfred Schreuder said: “He has a contract until 2025. I want to work with him, and the club knows that.”

Ten Hag will have to expand his attacking targets if Ronaldo leaves with the club already worried about their lack of scoring threat heading into the new campaign.

Ronaldo scored 24 times in all competitions last season, but United posted their lowest point tally in the Premier League.

United kick off their pre-season schedule against Liverpool in Bangkok next Tuesday, ahead of friendlies with Melbourne City, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in Australia.

Analysis: Ronaldo’s actions leave Man Utd in the lurch

Sky Sports’ Zinny Boswell:

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James' Park (AP)

The moment Ronaldo’s desire to move on became public has left United in the lurch, just a week before they leave for their pre-season tour. Manchester City and Liverpool moved quickly to close deals for two of Europe’s best young strikers, while United planned for life with the Portuguese.

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We remember Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane clashing over Ronaldo signing for Manchester United in November 2021!

It begs the question: should United have been better prepared for this scenario?

Erik ten Hag is now struggling to reconfigure his line of attack. As it is, he relies heavily on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial for goals, neither of whom he has played well for 12 months or consistently convinced in a central role. These are the same two forwards that Louis van Gaal relied on in the latter stages of his last season at Old Trafford six years ago.

There are still almost two months left for United to dive into the transfer market and find a solution to their striker problem. Yet another disappointing start to the window has left fans concerned about the club’s effectiveness in negotiations. Even if this new signing team led by John Murtough gets down to business, rival clubs will smell desperation at United and raise the price when they call for a striker.

Ronaldo’s departure, while potentially destabilizing in the short term, presents United and Ten Hag with the opportunity to put together a fluid forward line, something that worked well in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s penultimate season in charge. The campaign before Ronaldo’s arrival, United scored 73 goals in the Premier League, 16 more than with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. goals scored.

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Man Utd’s attacking stats dropped when Ronaldo arrived

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There was a similar trend at Juventus.

Ten Hag used Dusan Tadic as a false nine to great effect at Ajax in the 2018/19 season when they reached the Champions League semi-final. The new United boss also found success when he used Sebastian Haller, a more conventional number 9, last season as Ajax won a third Eredivise title in four years with Ten Hag. If the former West Ham striker hadn’t sealed a move to Borussia Dortmund, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if United tried to replace Ronaldo with Haller due to Ten Hag’s preference to work with players he is familiar with.

Regardless of which camp you find yourself in with regards to Ronaldo, it is undeniable that United need to beef up their attacking and quick options. Ajax striker Antony is a target and would fill a void on the right flank, but even his arrival would leave a huge void at centre-forward. It remains to be seen whether the club will be able to find the ideal target for Ten Hag in these circumstances, potentially leaving United spending another season with a caretaker striker. They will hope it is not another Odion Ighalo.

Ronaldo’s dilemma: Was he to blame?

Peter Smith of Sky Sports:

Cristiano Ronaldo was named Premier League Player of the Month for April. He had scored five goals in four games, including a hat-trick. But during that month, Manchester United won just one game out of six.

Ronaldo was also named in the Premier League Team of the Year. United finished the season with back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Crystal Palace. Sixth and without trophies. It was his worst performance in the league in 32 years.

While his team was floundering, Ronaldo, at 37, we must not forget, still found a way to make his mark.

The individual and the collective. That is Ronaldo’s dilemma.

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Merson says: Ronaldo fits the bill for Chelsea

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Paul Merson thinks Manchester United would have trouble replacing Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals if the Portuguese star decides to leave Old Trafford this summer.

in his last sky sports column, Paul Merson gives his verdict on the possible signing of Cristiano Ronaldo by Chelsea:

“It’s a bit disappointing the way you hear the news that he wants to play in the Champions League. It’s clear that Man Utd won’t be in the Champions League for long. I don’t know why it wasn’t.” “It nipped the early gates in the bud. It’s had to drag on for so long. I’d be a little disappointed if I was a Man Utd fan.”

“It’s hard to get centre-forwards who can score goals, especially in the best and toughest league in the world. So if Ronaldo went ahead, Man Utd don’t really have a replacement to take his place as a proven goalscorer which is going to give you 15 to 20 goals. So they would have to go find someone.”

Man Utd matches: Ten Hag debut against Brighton on Sky

Erik ten Hag’s first Premier League game as Manchester United manager will be against Brighton at Old Trafford, live. sky sportson the opening Super Sunday of the 2022/23 season.

After facing Graham Potter’s Seagulls on Sunday, August 7, live on sky Sports, United travel to Brentford for the second round of matches before hosting rivals Liverpool in a blockbuster early-season clash on the weekend of 20 August.

United’s trip to the Etihad Stadium for the first Manchester derby of the season on October 1 kicks off an overwhelming month in which Ten Hag’s side travel to Everton and Chelsea and host Tottenham, Newcastle and West Ham.

The last match before the season break for the winter World Cup will be against Fulham on the weekend of 12-13 November. United then return to action on Boxing Day in Fulham.

2023 will be opened by a home game against promoted Bournemouth. Premier League champions Manchester City are next at Old Trafford on January 14, the return trip to Anfield on March 4, while United conclude their season at home to Fulham on May 28.

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