Bayern Munich urged to sign Ronaldo by former captain Lothar Matthaus

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo - IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Former Bayern Munich captain Lothar Matthaus has urged his former club to sign Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the German, the want-away striker would be an ideal replacement for Barcelona-linked striker Robert Lewandowski.

Ronaldo has recently informed Manchester United officials that he wants a summer transfer, less than one year after returning to the club from Juventus in a £20 million ($24m) deal.

The Portuguese is said to be interested in a move away from Old Trafford after growing frustrated with the club for a lack of direction. The 37-year-old also wants to play in the Champions League after the Red Devils dropped into the Europa League after a dismal 2021-22 campaign.

And with Bayern Munich increasingly in danger of losing their superstar striker Lewandowski to Barcelona, former captain Matthaus feels his old club should seriously consider bringing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner into their books.

“Ronaldo to Bayern would be sexy! At least you should think through the options and play through them once,” he wrote in his latest column for Sky Germany.

“If you at Bayern are of the opinion that Cristiano Ronaldo is still physically able to really help for a year or two and that you can invest the transfer fee generated for Lewandowski more or less one-to-one in the Portuguese megastar, I would think about it.”

Although Bayern have insisted that they won’t sell Lewandowski this summer, Barcelona are reportedly pushing hard for his signature, and a spot will open up through the middle if he departs from the Bundesliga giants in the coming weeks.

Bayern have already signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool, but the Senegalese winger is not considered a potential replacement for Lewandowski. But should the Pole depart, Mane could take over the main striker responsibility after operating as a striker at the tail end of last season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.