Inter, AC Milan the latest to reject Cristiano Ronaldo

FT Desk
FT Desk
  • 14 Aug 2022 12:42 BST
  • 3 min read
Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Man Utd.

Cristiano Ronaldo's chances of playing Champions League football this season appear to be getting slimmer by the day with Inter and AC Milan the latest clubs reported to have turned down the opportunity to sign him from Manchester United.

Ronaldo has cut a frustrated figure at the start of the new campaign, and left the pitch without even acknowledging manager Erik ten Hag following Saturday's humbling 4-0 defeat away to Brentford.

Ronaldo wants to add to his record 140 goals in the Champions League - something that is impossible at United this season following their six-place finish in the Premier League last.

A call from the super agent to the two Milanese clubs arrived between the end of June and the beginning of July. the goal was to understand if there were the margins to bring the legendary super star of Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United back to Italy.

The two Milan clubs are appreciated destination for Cristiano Ronaldo because he wants to play in the Champions League competition again.

Corriere dello Sport report that Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes contacted both Milan sides earlier this summer, but the financial obligation forced both to look for alternatives.

Ronaldo interest 'evaporated'

"A call from the super agent to the two Milanese clubs happened between the end of June and beginning of July," they wrote, per Milan Reports. "The goal was to understand if there were the margins to bring the legendary superstar of Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United back to Italy.

"The two Milan clubs are desired destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo because he wants to play in the Champions League again. The attempt, however, immediately evaporated due to the €24 million salary of the Portuguese."

Ronaldo did well in his three years with Juventus, scoring 101 goals in 134 games and winning the Serie A title in 2019 and 2020, but his chances of a return to Italy are all but dead, with Monza - back by former AC Milan supremo Silvio Berlusconi - also dismissing any suggestions of a move.

"Is Cristiano Ronaldo leaving United? Lucky him," said the former Italian prime minister. "We didn't give him a thought, these great players don't come in a newly promoted one.

"It'll take us some time, we've tried to strengthen the team, we'll take some time to oil the mechanisms."