Manchester United have informed Cristiano Ronaldo that he is not available for a transfer this summer, although the Portuguese striker’s representatives have gauged interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, sources have told ESPN.
Ronaldo has been linked with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain but sources close to Manchester United insist they “want and expect” the 37-year-old to stay with the club next season .
He has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford with an option for another season. Ronaldo scored 24 goals in all competitions last season but couldn’t prevent United from missing out on Champions League qualification after finishing sixth in the Premier League.
Sources have told ESPN that Ronaldo wants to spend the final years of his career playing in the Champions League and has doubts about United’s ambitions, who have failed to secure a contract since the start of the season.
However, new manager Erik ten Hag, who will headline his first day of training at Carrington on Monday, is confident of having Ronaldo in his squad next season.
Sources have told ESPN that Ten Hag and Football Director John Murtough have changed their transfer targets.
Ajax winger Antony is one of the targets but while the Brazilian is keen to join the club, Ajax’s €80m valuation is proving problematic.
United’s priority this summer remains the signing of a central midfielder, with talks progressing with Barcelona over a transfer for Frenkie de Jong.
Sources have told ESPN that both sides believe a deal is close and there is hope De Jong could be part of the squad to tour Thailand and Australia on July 8.
United are also awaiting a decision from Christian Eriksen on where he will play next season.
The midfielder, free at Brentford after the second half of last season, was thought to be keen to return to Tottenham Hotspur. But with Spurs’ interest waning, United and Brentford are top of the list for his signature.