Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to quit the club in search of Champions League football has put Manchester United’s preseason preparations and trade plans in turmoil.
United, which will begin its preseason schedule next Tuesday in Bangkok against arch rival Liverpool, missed out on the tournament for the next season after disappointingly placing sixth in the Premier League. They will now participate in the Europa League.
Ronaldo has participated in the Champions League for the past 19 seasons in a row, so it seems sense that he would want to attain the milestone of playing in Europe’s top club competition for two decades.
The Manchester Evening News is aware, in addition, that among the other factors contributing to his desire to quit United is a wage drop. If he were to go, United’s team would suffer greatly because they currently lack a successor for Edinson Cavani, who left last month when his contract expired. They need need a striker, but players like Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland have already found homes.
Bayern stars Manchester United can use to include in the Ronaldo deal:
Tyrell Malacia’s acquisition from Feyenoord has improved United’s left-back possibilities, but uncertainty still surrounds the team’s right-back prospects at the moment. Given their need for an improvement at right-back, Bayern may approach United about the possibility of acquiring Ronaldo and the club may suggest a swap trade; Frenchman Pavard may be the player they have in mind.
The 26-year-old was Bayern’s first-choice right defender last season. He is famed for scoring an incredible goal for France against Argentina in the 2018 World Cup. However, the German powerhouses now have another choice thanks to Noussair Mazraoui’s acquisition from Ajax. Additionally, they have right-backs Bouna Sarr and Josip Stanisic.
The Germany international may be ideal in a Ronaldo trade given that United are actively hunting for a new right winger. Since joining Bayern from Werder Bremen in 2017, he has made 171 appearances and scored 64 goals and 40 assists, making him one of the top players in German football during the past several seasons.
Gnabry’s signing would end United’s search for a right winger, and given his recent success, he would be qualified to take over for Ronaldo as United’s leading scorer. Given his contractual condition, he may be the guy United chooses if Bayern are willing to engage in a trade.
Would it be preferable for United to engage in a like-for-like swap? Lewandowski, who has never played in the Premier League, is strongly rumored to be leaving the Bundesliga’s heavyweights this summer.
The Poland international, who turns 34 next month, is approaching the conclusion of his career like Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is still a consistent scorer, as seen by his 50 goals in just 46 games for Bayern last year. Over the past three seasons, he has scored an astounding 153 goals across all competitions.