An alarm is turned on at Etihad. It was activated by Harry Kane with the decision to stay at Tottenham for at least another year. The man Pep Guardiola saw as the first striker next season decided to stay and six days before the end of the transfer window forced Citizens' sporting director Txiki Begiristain to turn to other options in a market that seems to be lacking in quality.
The only one available and of sufficient quality to meet the requirements of the Spanish expert at the moment is - Cristiano Ronaldo. Dissatisfied with the environment in Turin, the Juventus striker expressed his desire for a new career challenge at the end of the transfer window.
Aware that City is searching for the striker in a panic, the Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes came to Manchester to provide his most valuable client with a new engagement (and to solve the issue of Bernardo Silva's fate).
However, as long as there was the slightest chance that Kane would arrive, City leaders kept Ronaldo on the "stand-by" Only that, from the moment when Tottenham's "ten" made it known to everyone on his Twitter account that he is one hundred percent focused on the success of the current team in the new season, the Portuguese became the only solution to a problem that could cost the Manchester team-high goals.
According to the latest information provided by one of the most reliable transfer experts, Gianluca di Marzio, Mendes returned to Turin after talks with the leaders of City, and although no meeting with the Juventus management has been scheduled yet, it should be expected in the coming days to find a solution for Ronaldo’s wish.
The same source states that City has prepared an offer that would try to convince Ronaldo to put the past aside and choose the blue part of Manchester. Although, the impression is that he did not break, because, as Di Marzio writes, the English champion is ready to offer the 36-year-old superstar more than twice less than what he receives in Turin.
Specifically: a two-year contract worth 15,000,000 euros per season, while we remind you, in Juventus, he has 32,000,000 euros a year. And while it is not clear for now whether a significantly lower income would be an insurmountable obstacle for Ronaldo, it is known that Juventus will not let the Portuguese go without compensation, because they will need the money to find his replacement.
And City do not want to pay compensation, just as Pep is not ready to give up Gabriel Jesus and send him in the opposite direction, as was the proposal of Juventus. Complicated. Very, very complicated ...