Jorge Mendes trying to convince Man City to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

26 August 2021 12:40

Jorge Mendes is working hard to convince Manchester City to sign Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo before the transfer window closes, 90min understands.

City were offered Ronaldo earlier in the window, but told the super agent that they would not be pursuing a deal - as they continued their chase for Harry Kane.

Mendes was told that 36-year-old Ronaldo does not fit into the sporting plan of the club’s owners City Group, given his age and wages.

But City failed to land their main striking target Kane, who has confirmed he is staying put at Tottenham despite a summer long saga which saw him pushing for a move to the reigning Premier League champions.

Sources have now told 90min that Mendes has engaged in talks with City, in the hope of persuading them to do a deal before the transfer deadline at the end of this month.

Ronaldo himself is keen to leave Turin - where he has one year left on his £900,000-per-week contract - but he and Mendes would only consider a club that could challenge for the Champions League, which has limited their options.

Paris Saint Germain ruled themselves out of the chase despite the possible departure of Kylian Mbappe, which has left City as Mendes' priority. He is working hard on talks, but 90min has been told that suggestions that the Manchester club have agreed terms are wide of the mark.

Ronaldo and Mendes are believed to be willing to take a drop in wages to around £500,000-per-week – but even if that was the case it would smash City’s payment structure, which currently sees Kevin De Bruyne as the highest earner at around £380,000-per-week.

During Mendes’s conversations with City Football Group hierarchy, he has been informed that should they consider making a move, they would not consider paying a fee – which is another issue as Juventus want paying for Ronaldo.

Juventus are happy for Ronaldo to stay for the rest of his contract, but they would consider his exit on their terms which means paying a fee of over £20m.

Source: 90min