Former president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a hindrance to Juventus’ attack and should be sold before the transfer window closes. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from the club in the latest football transfer news. According to Gigli, his transfer from the Turin club will benefit both parties.
Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in a high-profile €100 million transfer on a lucrative four-year contract. This is the final year of his contract at Juve and after requesting to be named as a substitute against Udinese on Sunday he has been linked with a move away from Turin.
Gigli previously questioned why incumbent president Andrea Agnelli sanctioned Ronaldo’s signing and has claimed Juve made a huge mistake in bringing in the superstar forward. “I’ve always been honest: signing Ronaldo was a mistake,” Gigli, who was in charge between 2006 and 2009, told SerieANews.com. “It’s impossible to recoup the investment and it will remain that way.”
“He’s a great player, but I have to be honest – the sooner he leaves, the better for him and for Juventus. I hope that Massimiliano Allegri knows how to continue using him as he did against Udinese. That is, with intelligence and when the game is in progress. Ronaldo hampers Juventus’ attack. Without him, they can do excellent things in collective terms.”
The decision to start CR7 on the bench in Sunday’s 2-2 Serie A draw football match with Udinese fuels speculation about a Ronaldo exit. Both parties may part ways this summer but Juve requires a club to pay at least €30 million for the transfer fee as well as cover his €30 million per season salary.
According to L’Equipe, Ronaldo is attempting to engineer a move to Manchester City by contacting players within the squad and attempting to create the conditions for a move. City has reportedly offered €150 million for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, but Ronaldo would be a far more cost-effective and proven option right away.
CR7 assumes an agreement will be confirmed by the weekend as per a French report. It comes after a member of the Al-Thani family, who owns Paris Saint-Germain, posted a photo of Lionel Messi and Cristiano standing side by side in PSG jerseys with the caption, “Maybe?”