Simeone gives the OK to Ronaldo at Atlético, but the deal is difficult
The soap opera about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo continues and yesterday the Spanish press returned to the charge with the interest of Atlético Madrid, this time with new contours. According to the newspaper AS, the coach Diego Simeone will have given his OK to the hiring of the Portuguese striker, because he was always an admirer of CR7. But a possible deal will not be easy to do, mainly due to financial issues.
For the signing to be a reality, Atlético Madrid would have to sell players and make a cash inflow of close to 40 million euros. This would be the main obstacle, because at the start, and even if the coach Ten Hag has publicly said that he has the Portuguese player, Manchester United would be receptive to letting Ronaldo leave for relatively low values - around 15/20 million euros.
Although the official explanation for the striker’s absence from Manchester United’s pre-season work remains family problems, the truth is that Ronaldo is looking for a new life away from Old Trafford, at a club that plays in the Champions League. and fight for the title of champion.
According to the Spanish press, businessman Jorge Mendes has developed several contacts with some of the biggest European clubs, such as Bayern Munich and Chelsea. But for one reason or another, those emblems were not interested, so the most viable hypothesis at the moment is Atlético Madrid.
AS considers that the operation is complicated to materialize, but reminds that there is still a long way to go before the transfer market closes (end of August) and that anything can happen.
If this transfer is confirmed, Ronaldo will play for the eternal rival of Real Madrid, a club he defended for nine years and for which he won, among other trophies, four Champions Leagues.
Dybala in Portugal to sign for Mourinho’s Roma
He was one of the most coveted players on the market for being at the end of his contract and will end up in José Mourinho’s Roma. The Argentine international striker Paulo Dybala, ex-Juventus, accepted the invitation of the Roman emblem and yesterday he arrived in Portugal (Roma is doing an internship in the Algarve) in the company of sports director Tiago Pinto to carry out medical tests and conclude a contract valid for three seasons.
Dybala, 28, has long been a dream of Mourinho’s, who will have been decisive in choosing the player after a phone call made to the Argentine where he explained the project to him and how he would be an important figure at the club. Dybala gave the OK to the transfer yesterday morning and will have informed the Portuguese coach of his decision through a WhatsApp message, traveling hours later on a charter to Faro airport.
The Italian press adds that the forward, who was given as a reinforcement for Inter Milan, will have a clean annual salary in the order of six million euros, in addition to a hefty signing bonus. One of the conditions imposed by the Argentine to sign was a relatively low release clause, in the order of 20 million euros.
Paulo Dybala started his playing career, in the formation and in the lower divisions of the Argentine club Instituto, from which he left for Palermo, in 2012/13, remaining three seasons at the club from the south of Italy, before heading to Juventus, in which he was from 2015 to 2022, leaving now at the end of the contract after the parties have not reached an agreement.
Roma have scheduled a game with Sporting, in the Algarve, for tonight (20.00, SportTV1), but it is almost certain that Dybala will not play yet (because it has not yet been official), and must watch the match on the bench. This is Roma’s third signing for the new season, after Matic (Ex-Manchester United), Zeki Celik (ex-Lille) and ex-Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar.
Lewandowski and Co. give Barcelona more than a thousand goals attack
The hiring of Robert Lewandowski by Barcelona will allow coach Xavi Hernández to have at his disposal an attack with more than a thousand goals scored this season. The 36-year-old Polish international, who has already been announced as a reinforcement, was to be presented yesterday in Miami, USA, where the Catalan club is in training, but the ceremony was postponed to today.
Lewandowski, ex-Bayern Munich, who cost around 45 million euros and will have an annual salary in the order of nine million euros, scored a total of 566 goals in his entire career as a professional in official matches (selection included). If we add the 308 scored by Pierre Aubameyang and the 174 scored by Memphis Depay, only this striker’s trident from Barcelona together exceeds 1,000 goals.
The number increases if we add to this count other players that make up the Blaugrana’s attack – Dembélé (55), Ansu Fati (24), Ferrán Torres (46) and Raphinha (61). The latter, remember, was hired a few days ago from Leeds United, who in Portugal represented Vitória de Guimarães and Sporting.
Barcelona, who at the time sent Messi away due to serious financial and treasury difficulties, have been very active in this market – in addition to Lewandowski and Raphinha, they have signed Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen at zero cost. But it is still prevented from registering these players, because in addition to having to lower the salary mass to comply with rules, which also involves negotiating some assets, in the case of De Jong, he awaits the conclusion of some operations, such as the anticipation of money for the rights television stations and some merchandising businesses.
What is certain is that after a blank season, without any title won, the team that is being built this season seems to have the potential to return to rival Real Madrid internally and to fight for the Champions League, with an attack that promises a lot.