Manchester City contemplating a transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo after Harry Kane’s decision to keep up Tottenham, according to ESPN.
Kane put an end to City’s widely reported pursuit on Wednesday when he declared he would not leave the English Premier League (EPL) club in the current window.
There is still room in Pep Guardiola’s roster for a striker after Sergio Aguero’s departure to Barcelona, and while City privately downplays the chances of signing Ronaldo, the idea is not entirely out of the question.
Sources have told ESPN that a number of obstacles would have to be overcome, including Juventus’ demand for a transfer fee and Ronaldo’s high wages, which would not fit the structure of the Etihad Stadium. The 36-year-old has a one-year contract with Juventus.
Ronaldo came off the bench as Juventus kicked off their Serie A campaign on Sunday with a 2-2 draw against Udinese.
City have until the deadline on Tuesday to sign a striker after Kane announced he will not be moving this summer.
Guardiola insisted before Norwich City’s 5-0 whitewash that he is happy with his selection, and it remains a possibility that the club won’t sign a new attacker before closing the window.
Ferran Torres, primarily a winger, started as a center forward against Norwich on Saturday, with Gabriel Jesus coming in as a right winger.
Jesus is the only recognized senior striker at the club, while academy forward Liam Delap, 18, will stay on rather than leave on loan.