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Potential Destinations Cristiano Ronaldo Should He Decide to Leave Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo was pictured looking disappointed and disgusted on the bench for Manchester United, in the 6-3 defeat to rivals Manchester City on Sunday. This is the story of the season for the legendary striker. He has started just one Premier League game this season and has been substituted five times.

The Portuguese striker is probably not happy with the current situation at United. According to the Telegraph, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could leave Manchester United in January. Ronaldo tried to move from Old Trafford last summer, but was only turned down.

It will be very interesting to see which teams will turn their heads when they find out that the Manchester United striker is available during the winter transfer window.Let’s now take a look at five possible destinations for Ronaldo in January.

#5 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund director Hans Joachim-Watzke has responded to rumours that he will have Ronaldo this summer. He hasn’t exactly dismissed the possibility of an alliance in the future, Watzke says (via SI):

“It’s certainly a charming idea. Cristiano Ronaldo would play at Signal Iduna Park, but there is no contact between the parties involved. So from now on you should stop talking about it.”

Anthony Modeste has so far failed to make Sebastian Haller’s absence known. He has scored just one goal in seven games in the league. Dortmund therefore need a goalscorer and the Portuguese icon could be the perfect choice for them.

#4 AS Roma

Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma have made a decent start to the 2022-23 Serie A season. They are sixth in the table but are currently just four points behind leaders Napoli. One of Roma’s biggest worries at the start of the new season has been Tammy Abraham’s goalscoring form.

He has only managed to score two goals in nine games so far and his form hasn’t been particularly inspiring recently, and the same can be said for Andrea Belotti.

Roma could do with an extra striker and Ronaldo could have a special reunion with José Mourinho. The Portuguese duo worked wonders together at Real Madrid and even if both individuals are no longer at the top of their game, it could still work well.

#3 Sporting CP

Ronaldo would complete the circle of his domestic career by returning to his boyhood club. Sporting currently top Group D of the UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo would love to play in this competition and it would be very emotional to once again step onto the pitch in the green and white jersey of Europe’s elite competition. His price tag is unlikely to be high, as he is in the final months of his contract with Manchester United before the winter transfer window opens.

Sporting, however, may have trouble matching his high salary. 90 Min reported that Sporting were interested in signing their former player in the final stages of the summer transfer window. If they continue to be interested in him, Sporting could be one of the favourites to sign him in January.

#2 Napoli

Napoli top the Serie A table after eight weeks and want to continue this season and challenge for the Scudetto. Ronaldo has been linked with Napoli this summer. Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli told Il Napolista in early September that they had never negotiated for the 37-year-old. He said: ‘Giudo Giudolio was at that time without a contract:

“It’s bad to extinguish fans’ dreams, but there were never any real negotiations. We are close to the players and the team is very competitive.”

But there are two things to consider. For starters, Ronaldo has excelled in Serie A recently with 81 goals in 98 games for Juventus. Secondly, with Ronaldo, they would benefit from an experienced campaigner like him, who knows a thing or two about winning titles.

#1 Chelsea

Will Ronaldo leave Manchester United for another Premier League team? We wouldn’t be shocked if it happened. Chelsea owner Tedd Boehly was interested in his transfer during the summer transfer window. However, former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is said to have vetoed the transfer.

Tuchel is no longer the manager. Chelsea sold Timo Werner last summer and loaned Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. They signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on transfer deadline day, but they would definitely need another striker.

The former Real Madrid player may be attracted by the prospect of playing in the Champions League again and Chelsea can certainly meet his wage demands.

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