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Juventus evaluating stunning move for Cristiano Ronaldo, reports continue

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So, this is now a thing.

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When Tuttosport reports something as outlandish as Juventus trying to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, you usually just laugh it off and go on with your business. When Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports the same thing regarding Juventus and Ronaldo, you tend to sit up a listen — or read — with quite a bit more attention to what’s being said.

Well, Di Marzio delivered this to us after Tuesday’s set of World Cup games:

Juventus are pondering a move that would shake the football world. They are thinking about prying away Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

OK, I’d like to know more, please.

Although they haven’t made any official contact with the Spanish giants yet, they are currently working with his agent Jorge Mendes.

Real are working on a renewal with the player, whose contract expires in 2021, but the rapport between Ronaldo and Florentino Perez has completely broken down. Ronaldo would like to join Juventus as its a destination he prefers, and they have a great relationship with his agent at the moment as they just closed a deal for Cancelo.

The transfer is currently in a studious stage, as its something Juventus are just pondering at the moment.

Let’s just be clear on this, as Di Marzio and Goal’s Romeo Agresti have pointed out, there has been no negotiations taking place as of right now.

The potential tripping points are obvious.

  • Ronaldo’s rumored salary would be around €30 million (!!!!!!!!) a season.
  • Real Madrid would command upward of €120 million in terms of a transfer fee.

You might be thinking to yourself something like “If they’re willing to think about spending €100 million or so for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic then why can’t they for Ronaldo?” And hey, that could very well be a legitimate line of thinking.

But is this thing likely to happen? Hell if I know. I’m more inclined to think it’s still a very unrealistic possibility rather than something that can happen even with Di Marzio’s most recent reporting.

Either way, it’s a thing now. And we’re going to be talking about Ronaldo a little more than I expected this summer. That’s even with the knowledge that Juventus are playing Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in the United States early next month.