Bayern Munich contact Ronaldo as they plot move to cover for Sadio Mane’s absence 

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United-Premier League-19-03-2007
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United-Premier League-19-03-2007 - IMAGO / PA Images

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have reportedly held talks with Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes as the Portuguese international plots an escape from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

The wantaway forward who recently granted an interview to Piers Morgan in which he accused his club of betrayal is already plotting his move away from Old Trafford with Bayern, the leading team for his signature.

According to Sportsmail, Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes, met with the Bavarian club last week after officials from the German giants flew to England for talks.

According to the reports, Mendes offered Ronaldo to Bayern and several other clubs, including Napoli, Chelsea, and Sporting Lisbon in the summer in a desperate attempt to get his star client out of United. They also claim that the super agent also spoke to Newcastle last month even though the oil-rich Magpies are not playing in Europe this season.

This will be the second time Bayern Munich will be seriously considering the player having discussed signing him last summer. The Bavarians chief executive Oliver Khan confirmed in July that they had considered a move for Ronaldo, but said that he did not fit into the club’s ‘philosophy’. Ronald’s wages was also seen as a hindrance, as Bayern were reluctant to pay the player £500,000 a week, after paying Liverpool £35million for Sadio Mane as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski. 

However, Sportsmail are reporting that Bayern have revived their interest in the player amid concerns over Mane’s fitness and uncertainty over the future of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is desperate to play in the Champions League again after seeing rival Lionel Messi close to within 11 goals of his record of 140 goals. 

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is also thought to be keen on the 37-year-old. The American entrepreneur has a close relationship with Mendes and was interested in Ronaldo in the summer. However, the Blues coach Graham Potter is not interested in signing Rónaldo at this stage of his career.