Chelsea’s summer so far has been a bit of a horror show, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.
Questions were raised over owner Roman Abramovich’s future as owner; the Conte or Sarri saga is ongoing; rumours of Hazard’s impending departure persist; and the Blues are yet to make a signing this summer after missing out on Champions League football last season.
Even if the worst were to happen and Eden Hazard waves goodbye to Stamford Bridge this summer, likely to replace the seemingly outbound Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, Chelsea could yet salvage their summer.
They could do so by bringing in Ronaldo himself.
The £88 million figure currently hovering around Ronaldo is a huge fee, especially for a 33-year-old, but it is within Chelsea’s reach. The Blues are still a very wealthy club, even if they have curbed their spending in recent times.
The sale of Hazard would raise enough funds to cover Ronaldo’s transfer fee regardless. The Portuguese superstar’s astronomical wages could be what puts Abramovich off.
If the Premier League outfit did invest heavily in Ronaldo though it would be a massive statement telling world football that Chelsea are not letting their superclub status slip away.
Ronaldo would be more than a vanity driven acquisition too. He may be ageing, but he remains a phenomenal athlete who could still have a big impact in the Premier League. With Morata not firing on all cylinders in English football yet, the Real Madrid man’s goals could prove vital.
His World Cup performances, especially against Spain, should tell everyone that the Ex-Manchester United player is still amongst the best in the world.
Ronaldo’s United connection may be the biggest thing that would prevent him from swapping the Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge, as he may feel he could only ever return to the Premier League as a Red Devil again.