Di Marzio: Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus is on the verge of completion
Highly-respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has this afternoon confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is closer than ever to joining Juventus.
Ronaldo, 33, has been on the books of Real Madrid since 2009, when he completed a record-breaking 94 million Euro move to the Bernabeu from Manchester United.
And the Portuguese superstar’s frankly-incredible successes in the Spanish capital have since become legend, with Ronaldo having notched 311 goals in 292 La Liga outings for Los Blancos, as well as smashing the all-time Champions League goalscoring record.
His trophy-haul with the current European champions has not been too shabby either, with the veteran having clinched 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copa Del Reys, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 4 Champions League titles, 2 Uefa Super Cups and 3 FIFA Club World Cups with Real.
However, despite Los Merengues having racked up a record-breaking 3 Champions League titles in a row over the last 3 years, rumours stemming from Spain over recent months have insisted that the Sporting Lisbon youth product is eager to move on this summer, following a major deterioration in his relationship with the club’s board.
This has led to links between Ronaldo and several of Europe’s biggest clubs, with the likes of Manchester United and PSG having previously been named as the only realistic possible landing spots for the 33-year-old.
However, the last 7 days have seen a new contender, in the form of Serie A champions Juventus, emerge as the outright favourites to sign Ronaldo.
The story first came to light in Italy, when the generally-unreliable Tuttosport outlandishly claimed that the Bianconeri were expressing a genuine interest in the Ballon D’Or holder.
However, while the initial report was simply brushed off by most, a number of subsequent reports in all of Spain, Italy and Portugal over the week since have backed the story, with Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio having confirmed negotiations between Juve and Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, last Tuesday night.
The likes of La Gazzetta Dello Sport, AS, Marca, A Bola, Elchiringuitotv and more have all since pointed towards an imminent move to Turin for Ronaldo, with Spanish journalist Guillem Balague having claimed on Thursday that ‘in his head, Cristiano is a Juventus player.’
The bookies across Europe concur, with the odds of Ronaldo donning a Juve jersey next season having been slashed over the last 4 days.
And, after a number of outlets in both Spain and Italy last night claimed that a deal was closer than ever to being completed, Gianluca Di Marzio, the go-to source for Italian transfer news, has this afternoon backed such reports, by revealing that agent Jorge Mendes is set to give the green light to Juve to lodge their 100 million Euro offer imminently, with Real ready to accept.
Then, it will simply be ‘a countdown’ to Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin:
#CR7 alla @juventusfc: ci siamo quasi…oggi #Mendes darà il via libera a #Marotta (adesso a Milano con Paratici) per fare l’offerta da 100 milioni che il @realmadrid accetterà. E poi sarà countdown per il suo arrivo a #Torino 👍🏼@SkySport #calciomercato
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 10, 2018
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July 10, 2018 at 07:49AM