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Newcastle United: Cristiano Ronaldo reports ‘wide of the mark’

Newcastle United: Cristiano Ronaldo reports ‘wide of the mark’ -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United editor for The Chronicle Aaron Stokes has revealed that reports of Cristiano Ronaldo being offered to the club are ‘wide of the mark’.

The Lowdown: Ronaldo offered?

It was reported by The Sun earlier this week that Ronaldo’s advisors have ‘sounded out’ a number of clubs in the Premier League over a potential move from Manchester United, including the St. James’ Park outfit, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The report adds that a source close to the player claims that the Tynesiders ‘realise the quality’ that Ronaldo would bring in trying to help them achieve their ambitions, but ‘worry’ about the wider impact that he could have, with Italy his ‘most likely’ destination.

The Latest: Ronaldo update

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Stokes has revealed that the reports shared in the morning of Ronaldo being offered to Eddie Howe’s side are ‘wide of the mark’, as he ‘only’ wants to join a team in the UEFA Champions League:

“Reports this morning suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to #NUFC are wide of the mark, I’m told. Player only wants a move to a Champions League team. The type of frustrating links that will continue to crop up as the club move forward.”

Italian football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has also added that the Magpies want to focus on signing younger players, seemingly ruling them out of signing 37-year-old Ronaldo, while Howe himself echoed those views earlier this month.

The Verdict: Avoid at all costs

Even if there is even a slight hint of the Toon showing some interest in Ronaldo, they should avoid signing him at all costs.

At 37, he is unfortunately a player past his best, scoring just two goals in 12 games in all competitions so far this term (Transfermarkt), and has also shown attitude problems in the past week, walking down the tunnel at Old Trafford early despite his side winning 2-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight, being forced to train on his own and being fined two weeks’ wages (The Sun).

The Portuguese striker is also earning a mammoth £360,000-per-week at the Red Devils, and so a player not worth breaking the club’s current wage structure or transfer policy for.

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