Rumors of a summer stagnation: Is Bayern courting Ronaldo?
A rumor that seemed to be adventures from Spain electrified the transfer market. Sports newspaper wants to know that Bayern should date Cristiano Ronaldo. Does it really make sense?
In the middle of the summer football slump, Cristiano Ronaldo sent love greetings from his holiday in Mallorca. At a rustic wooden table, the star appeared with his partner Georgina Rodriguez and four children while dining under palm trees.
“Holidays with Love” is the text for the perfect photo that Ronaldo’s over nine million Instagram fans love.
The Ronaldo rumor is a recent topic
The football community has also been entertained by adventurous speculation about the Portuguese’s future at Bayern Munich. No sooner had the Munich chiefs proudly presented their new ‘world star’ Sadio Mane as a royal transfer than a Ronaldo rumor from Spanish sports newspaper ‘AS’ about an alleged interest from the German record champions in the summer transfer hotspot provided a new top-tier conversation.
The newspaper claims that it has learned that Bayern wants to replace its top scorer, Robert Lewandowski, who wants to emigrate, with football icon Ronaldo. He’s 37 years old to soon be 34? If the Polish world footballer is allowed to complete his required move to FC Barcelona by September 1 at the latest, the German champions will have a vacancy in the middle of the attack.
AS did not mention any specific sources, but did report on Bayern Munich’s assurances to Ronaldo that they want to start their renewed attack to win the Champions League with him. There has always been speculation that Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United after just one season. According to reports, there are many parties interested in contracting the five-time world footballer. Ronaldo is said to be looking for a new challenge at a major club that has title chances at the end of his career.
Unexplained position on Lewandowski
Could it really be Bayern? So far, the leaders of the Munich club have repeatedly emphasized that they do not want to let Lewandowski go. Even if FC Barcelona is said to have increased the transfer offer to 35 million euros, according to “Bild”. “He has a contract until 2023. We are happy if he shows up with us on the first day of training,” Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn said at Mane’s best-access show.
“So far, that’s 100 percent,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told Sky TV about Lewandowski’s survival chances. He had recently had a ‘good conversation’ with Lewandowski and his advisor Benny Zahavi on Ronaldo’s holiday island in Mallorca.
After all, Salihamidzic left open the commitment of more newcomers. “First we have to see what is possible. Which dominoes fall in one direction or the other. But the transfer window is still very long and we will be surprised,” the 45-year-old said.
“No investment in the future”
Moving from Ronaldo would be more than a surprise, more a sensation. In light of the economic consequences of the Corona pandemic, Bayern has repeatedly referred to restrictions on transferring spending and salaries. They already have more than 30 players on their team. Despite his age, Ronaldo is unlikely to settle last on the salary scale when moving to a new employer.
Additionally, sticking to the temperamental athletic model would not be an investment in the future, but rather a short-term adventure. So it seems more logical for Bayern to keep trying to extend the contract with Serge Gnabry (26), who is under 11 and expires in 2023. “He’s a great boy. We really want to keep him,” Salihamidzic told Gnabry.
If München’s Gnabry and Lewandowski convince them to stay, they will have the best attacking elements in Europe on paper with these two forwards as well as Mane, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musila. And all without Cristiano Ronaldo.