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Manchester United are not lining up a move for Cristiano Ronaldo next summer despite reported uncertainty around his Juventus future.
The 35-year-old has been linked with a move away from Juventus at the end of the season amid speculation the club are looking to cash in on the forward.
Ronaldo will only have a year left to run on his contract come June, with no plans currently in place for that to be extended further.
And recent reports suggested Juventus would rather try and offload their talisman in the coming months to try and recoup some of their initial £100million investment.
United are rumoured to be weighing up a shock move to bring the Portuguese superstar back to Old Trafford, but according to the MEN , no such proposals are being discussed.
United are not looking to sign Cristiano Ronaldo despite recent reports
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In fact, the MEN state that sources at United 'laughed off' the claims.
United would no doubt like to have Ronaldo back in their ranks, but financing the transfer is another matter.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is on a mammoth £540,000-per-week wage at the Stadio delle Alpi – almost four times Juventus's second highest earner.
Juventus have been hit as hard as any club by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic which, coupled with Ronaldo's advancing years, has seemingly convinced them to cut short his time at the club and slash costs in the process.
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Juventus are said to be weighing up selling Ronaldo in a bid to cut costs
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Finding a buyer under the current circumstances could prove difficult, however.
PSG are known to be interested, but United are simply not in a position to bankroll both a transfer fee and Ronaldo's salary package at the present time.
United's quarterly revenue is down by 20 per cent on last year, and despite Ed Woodward's recent optimism for the club's prospects long-term, there are still months of behind closed doors football still to be played, further impacting on commercial and matchday income.