Manchester City emerge as a surprise destination for Juve star Cristiano Ronaldo

Just a day after missing out on Harry Kane, Manchester City have been offered the opportunity to sign Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Sky Sports. The 36-year-old appears to be keen on a new challenge after three seasons with Juventus. The Italian outfit spent around €100 million in acquiring the Portuguese international from Real Madrid, but they are reportedly ready to accept a transfer fee in the region of €25 million (£21 million) to get Ronaldo off the books.

Massimiliano Allegri returned to the Juventus dugout following the departure of Andrea Pirlo. Allegri created a stir on the opening day by leaving Ronaldo out of the starting line-up for the opening game of the season against Udinese. Ronaldo is currently struggling with an arm injury but this does not seem to have been the only reason for his omission.

Juventus took a huge gamble with the signing of Ronaldo in the hope of proving the club’s brand image and commercial revenues. So far, this has worked like a charm with Juventus witnessing a massive surge in the commercial revenue over the last couple of seasons. However, Ronaldo’s wages are starting to weigh upon the club quite badly and their ability to invest in the transfer market is also hit hard by the same.

Manchester City are probably the only club with the financial freedom to be able to afford Ronaldo and his wage demands of around €15 million (£13 million) per season after tax. City are yet to submit any formal offer, but they are understood to be preparing a two-year contract for Ronaldo.

Pep Guardiola was very keen on signing Harry Kane with City even coming up with a bid that exceeded £100 million. However, it was simply not sufficient to convince Spurs to part with the England international and this leaves City without a top centre forward in defence of their title.