Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United have turned down a fresh chance to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, according to reports. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was prevented from leaving Old Trafford over the summer despite making it clear that he wanted to move on, but game time has been in short supply for an all-time great under new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag. Ronaldo has started just two Premier League fixtures for United this season, and has only two goals to his name across domestic and Europa League competition – although the most recent of those did take him to 700 at club level in a remarkable career.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is in doubt. The Portuguese forward has found himself on the bench for much of Erik ten Hag’s reign so far this season. Ronaldo was dropped from the squad vs Chelsea and forced to train alone in the build-up to the match. It now seems like the fairytale reunion with United will have a sour end, but where does he go next? Ronaldo’s contract ends at the end of this season, but if he comes to an agreement with Ten Hag and United, there could be a chance that he is allowed to leave in January on a free transfer.
According to The Sun, Ronaldo’s advisors have already approached Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle ahead of the January transfer window. But all three clubs have made it clear that they are not interested in signing the United forward. A source told The Sun: ‘Chelsea were interested in Ronaldo over the summer, but he is no longer on their radar. ‘Arsenal and Newcastle realise the quality he would bring in helping them to achieve their ambitions. ‘But both clubs worry about the wider impact his arrival could have on the clubs.’