Cristiano Ronaldo only re-joined Manchester United last year after initially leaving to join Real Madrid for a world-record fee in 2009, but he could be on the move again this summer.
A transfer away from Old Trafford isn’t yet close to happening.
But his agent Jorge Mendes did meet with Chelsea owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly last week.
And the topic of Ronaldo to Chelsea was reportedly discussed.
This has been reported by The Athletic’s David Ornstein, with the pair meeting in Portugal.
It’s unclear whether Ronaldo would even be open to a transfer.
But Ornstein has reported that the idea of the Portuguese talisman moving to Stamford Bridge was a conversation piece.
Now, Chelsea has a plethora of attacking options in their squad.
But with Romelu Lukaku re-joining Inter Milan on loan.
Timo Werner is potentially being used for a swap deal for Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt, and Armando Broja is not guaranteed a place in the senior squad. As a result, Kai Havertz may be the only striker available next year.
If that is the case, then adding Ronaldo makes sense.
He remains a prolific goal-scorer, as seen by his tally of 24 goals last season.
This includes one against Chelsea at Old Trafford and could fill the hole left by Lukaku.
On Ronaldo’s side, Chelsea would be able to offer Champions League football, which isn’t a luxury Man Utd currently have at their disposal.
If Ronaldo were to join Thomas Tuchel’s side, it might force the German head coach to tinker with his tried and tested 3-4-3 formation.
With Havertz proving to be most effective when played through the middle.
It’s unlikely Tuchel will opt to move the young star away from that position.
With Ronaldo no longer the tricky left-winger he once was, he’d arrive as solely a central striker, meaning Tuchel may have to find a system to place them both. A 3-4-1-2 shape could therefore work best.
It could accommodate Mason Mount, Chelsea’s two-time consecutive ‘Player of the Season’, and both Havertz and Ronaldo.
The width could be provided through the marauding wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James.
And solve the problem with a natural goal-scorer in the Chelsea squad.
Likewise, for more football news like this, click here.