Manchester United is Eyeing a German International as a Possible Successor for Ronaldo

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According to recent reports, Ronaldo is actively pursuing a radical departure from Manchester United this transfer window, as the Portuguese icon is incredibly disappointed with the team’s lack of ambition.

Whether it’s football or Ambetter 301 odds, such drama often unfolds during the transfer window. European giants like PSG, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich are all linked with the Portuguese striker. 

However, United are not willing to give in to Ronaldo’s desire to leave to play the Champions League, even though certain sponsors are thought to have helped finance his £500,000-a-week salary for his second run in Old Trafford.

Additionally, they need more than just a year of leveraging Ronaldo’s massive marketing appeal. The 37-year-old superstar is eager to end his contract with United, who will participate in the Europa League for the first time in a while.

After playing for 19 consecutive years in the Champions League, the former Real Madrid star has 140 goals compared to arch-rival, Lionel Messi’s 125. Cristiano, who has over 400 million followers on Instagram, is mindful of his Champions League record and aspires to be the competition’s all-time leading scorer. 

However, it will be challenging if he stays at Manchester, so he has urged the club to let him go.

United say unofficially that they are still confident about Ronaldo’s status because he is still under the deal. Still, they wouldn’t want it to turn into a summer carnival. However, the drama seems evident if he is a United player when the season begins. Sources add that he is still expected to join United’s summer tour despite being granted additional time off for family reasons. He did not return to training camp on Monday at the team’s Carrington premises.

Moreover, sources suggest that Manchester United has been associated with Bayer Leverkusen striker Wirtz as a potential successor to Ronaldo. While not a comparable replacement from a positional standpoint, it may imply a possible system transition at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes and Wirtz have both played in the false nine positions. Erik ten Hag may think about using the two players in this capacity next season instead of chasing Ronaldo.

The German player is one of Europe’s brightest stars, having already played consistently for both club and country.

The promising young attacking midfielder is presently out of play due to a season-ending cruciate ligament injury. Hence, it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to rebuild his performance before the injury.

However, you can guess his contribution and his value that, despite being severely injured, he recently extended his contract with his current club, Leverkusen, until 2027.

Wirtz contributed significantly to his team’s third-place result in 2021/22, despite turning just 19 in May. He had 7 league goals and 10 assists in 24 Bundesliga matches before suffering a knee injury in March.

While most supporters will be disappointed to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave, several senior executives at the club feel his departure will help Erik ten Hag sail through his first season at United without the phantom of Ronaldo looming over his efforts to revitalize the club.

Consequently, it will be fascinating to follow the mystery of Florian Wirtz and whether or not Manchester United secure him.

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