Cristiano Ronaldo’s escape route from Manchester United could be in tatters after reports suggested Bayern Munich had shown interest in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen – which could potentially deflect the Portuguese star further in the pecking order of its shortlist.
Reports have suggested for two weeks that Ronaldo is unhappy with United over his failure to qualify for the Champions League and his idleness in the transfer market so far this summer. The striker has nothing against the Red Devils, although his stature in the game and his desire to compete at the top mean he is likely to consider a move away from the club this summer.
Bayern Munich and Chelsea have been the two sides credited with the most interest in securing his signature, although it remains to be seen if a deal can be struck with United to let their star leave the club. And according to Corriere dello Sporthis escape route to Germany could cease to exist, with the Bavarian club linked with a mega-money move for Osimhen to lead their line if Robert Lewandowski leaves the club for Barcelona – which would also hurt Arsenal and Tottenham, who hold an interest in the Nigerian.
The report says Lewandowski’s desire to join Xavi at Camp Nou has left Bayern scrambling for a striker replacement this summer. Ronaldo had been touted as a potential target given his quality and relatively low price due to his age.
However, club bosses have reportedly made contact with Napoli to confirm their interest in the fast-paced hitman. It would be a blow for the Portuguese star, who lacks options if he wants to continue his Champions League adventure.
Chelsea could also be interested in his services, although The Athletic claimed it was so far unknown if Thomas Tuchel would choose to sign him due to his age. With Osimhen representing a younger and more mobile option than Ronaldo, Bayern could see his signing being cheaper in the long run.
And that could leave Ronaldo playing Europa League football for the first time in 20 years. United have yet to be too proactive in the market, although a wave of signings are expected in the coming days.