The Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo has informed Old Trafford’s hierarchy he wants to leave just a year after his sensational return to the club, and has outlined specific reasoning for his request.
Sources also believe agent Jorge Mendes may already have a buyer lined up.
Why does Ronaldo want to go?
Ronaldo is determined to carry on playing in the Champions League as he nears the end of his career, and United’s failure to secure a top four finish last season has convinced him he needs to find a club where he can compete for top honours again.
The 37-year-old has requested United allow him to leave provided they receive an acceptable offer this summer.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus striker has informed United that he does not believe they will be able to mount a realistic title challenge this season – and also has concerns over their ability finish in the top four.
With the Portugal international in the twilight of his career, he is adamant he wants to carry on playing at the highest level of the game and does not want to miss out on the Champions League for even one season.
The appointment of Erik ten Hag has not managed to convince him to be part of the Dutchman’s intended overhaul.
Where has Ronaldo been linked?
Mendes is said to have already been sounding out potential buyers, with Bayern Munich and Chelsea linked. A return to Serie A has also been reported by Italian media.
GOAL understands that a buyer may already be lined up
for the forward.