Manchester City have offered Cristiano Ronaldo a ‘two-year deal worth £12m’ – but they do not want to pay a fee for the forward.
The Juventus forward is looking for an exit from Serie A, even being ‘forced to leave training’ as the relationship starts to turn ugly.
It has seen the Premier League champions suddenly become linked with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, having failed in their bid to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham.
And Sky Sports’ Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that the champions have made their move for the 783-goal man.
City have made an offer of a ‘two-year contract’ to Ronaldo which would be worth £12m to the Portuguese captain, the joint all-time top international scorer.
But the English side are looking to save some funds by saying they ‘do not want to pay Juventus any fee’.
While this could prove a sticking point in negotiations, the report states that it is up to the forward to ‘decide what he wants to do’.
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A move to the Etihad Stadium would mark a controversial move for Ronaldo, having spent six seasons at rivals Manchester United.
Having arrived from Sporting Lisbon following a preseason match in 2003, the forward scored 118 goals in nearly 300 appearances for the Red Devils.
And it saw the 36-year-old win three Premier League titles as well as a Champions League honour before heading to Real Madrid for £80m in 2009.
City's move for Kane collapsed when the striker took to social media on Wednesday to announce his dramatic transfer U-turn.
But the Premier League side could face competition from big spenders PSG, who already have Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi in their ranks.
And another challenge would be Ronaldo's astronomical wages, which would not fit into the pay structure of Pep Guardiola’s side.
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