However, the La Liga giants will have to offload players to get a deal done
Cristiano Ronaldo has shown a willingness to take a pay cut at Manchester United to join Atletico Madrid, according to reports.
The Portuguese veteran did not feature in the Red Devils’ pre-season camp earlier this month and is therefore not on their current tour of Australia.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, is now trying to find the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, a new club in search of Champions League football that United cannot offer him.
However, according to various reports, the duo have been snubbed by the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
As he ran out of options, Atletico Madrid became an unlikely destination according to the Daily Mail.
The 37-year-old veteran will not be fondly remembered by Rojiblancos fans for his part in two heartbreaking Champions League final victories over them in 2014 and 2017 during his time at Real Madrid, while Atletico were also a club that he scored most of the time. Spain.
However, Mendes is considering a loan move for Ronaldo, who still has a year left on his United contract.
Ronaldo will also have to take a cut of his £360,000 ($432,000)-a-week wages at Old Trafford, which he is reportedly willing to do.
But even so, Atleti will have to sell players to balance the books and navigate the rules of financial fair play if Ronaldo’s coup becomes concrete.
Two fading stars who could be offloaded are Antoine Griezmann, who has failed to impress since returning to the Wanda on a two-year loan from Barcelona with an obligation to buy, and failed striker Alvaro Marato, who Juventus are interested in.
Despite currently being sidelined, Ronaldo remains fit, as evidenced by a series of Instagram posts in recent days showing him swinging the iron in Lisbon.
His most recent one, on Saturday, was captioned with a simple muscle-tight emoji. But there are fears that even if he were to return to United, Ronaldo could be out of form having already missed almost three weeks of pre-season training and matches.
The transfer window does not close until September 1, however, when United’s Premier League campaign begins on August 7 against Brentford, his future should be decided soon as new manager Erik ten Hag still plans to include him in his first team.
As luck would have it, United’s next friendly in the build-up to 2022/23 is on Saturday against Atleti in Oslo.
And while the match is rather pointless in the grand scheme of things, the Mancunians can look to exact revenge on the Spaniards for knocking them out of the Champions League round of 16 this March.