The prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Juventus appears to be growing larger by the day.
What had begun as a rumour on Italian transfer gossip pages has snowballed in recent days to the point where it now looks likely that the Portuguese international will be joining Juve in a €100m deal before the summer is out.
As of Friday, the Guardian have reported that the Italian giants are growing increasingly confident of landing the former Manchester United man in the coming weeks. The report suggests that personal terms have been agreed between Ronaldo and Juve, believed to be worth a formidable €30m per season on a four-year deal, with Real actually sanctioning the deal the final hurdle.
That, on paper, should theoretically be the hardest part of the transfer – particularly as Florentino Perez could demand Ronaldo’s full €1b release clause if so wanted, but with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner now 33, it could represent the last chance for Perez to command such a large fee for his services.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Real were considering the offer, and it does appear right now that the reigning European champions are leaning towards accepting Juve’s bid.
Should the move go through, it would be Juventus’ record signing (eclipsing the €90 paid for Gonzalo Higuain two years ago), and would be the most significant transfer involving an Italian club on the world stage in quite some time.