Chelsea are considering a transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo, but it remains to be seen whether Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign the Manchester United attacker.
Ronaldo is looking to leave United due to what he sees as a lack of ambition in their summer transfer deals and his agent, Jorge Mendes, offered the 37-year-old to Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly last month. Boehly is said to have been intrigued by the idea of signing the Portugal international and has held further talks with Mendes
but will likely be guided by Tuchel’s thoughts on Ronaldo, who cited family reasons after failing to return to training at United on Monday. before confirming a bid.
Chelsea’s new owner does not want to impose any unwanted players on their head coach and it is unclear whether Tuchel wants Ronaldo, who has also been offered to Bayern Munich, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
The Chelsea manager intends to form a versatile, fluid attack and has signed Romelu Lukaku to Internazionale on loan. Lukaku struggled to adapt to Tuchel’s system last season – the Belgian striker was not busy enough and lacked mobility – and it is likely that signing Ronaldo would create similar problems.
Signing Ronaldo would make Chelsea a proven goalscorer, but although he scored 24 goals in 38 appearances for United last season, it was questionable whether he had a positive impact on the team. United, who insisted Ronaldo is not going anywhere and is unlikely to lose him to a domestic rival, finished sixth and often lacked cohesion.
Chelsea are under pressure to ramp up their summer activities. They remain in talks with Manchester City over a £50m deal for Raheem Sterling and wait to see if Barcelona will beat them with the signing of Raphinha. Chelsea reached a £55million deal with Leeds for Raphinha last week, but the Brazilian winger’s preference is for the Camp Nou.
Chelsea will also need to bolster their central defense following the departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger. City’s Nathan Ake, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla’s Jules Koundé are all targeted.
Chelsea, who are in talks to send Hakim Ziyech to Milan, have been approached by Everton about signing Armando Broja. Everton have moved on to the 20-year-old striker after Richarlison’s sale to Tottenham. However, Broja, who is also a target for West Ham, Napoli and Newcastle, could have a chance to impress Tuchel in pre-season.