Cristiano Ronaldo linked with shock Juventus move

Now that the Portugese forward finds himself out of the World Cup, the links are beginning to come thick and fast again, with one report claiming that Ronaldo is set to put pen to paper on a €100 million transfer to Serie A champions Juventus.

The soccer superstar might join Juventus from Real Madrid this summer in a transfer worth around €100 million (£88.3 million/$116.5 million), according to Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol, who reported Tuesday on "Jugones" the blockbuster transfer rumor is nearly a done deal.

Despite being tied down to a release clause of €1 billion (£883 million), Ronaldo is allegedly keen on a massive pay rise that will bring him on par with the likes of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar.

And Josep Pedrerol, on Jugones, revealed: "Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid".

The rumour mill went into overdrive this week with reports of the possible transfer, with Sky Sport Italia reporting sources close to Juventus are now mulling the logistics of an offer for the 33-year-old.

Meanwhile for Ronaldo, the Champions League was added to the Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup but Real faltered in domestic competitions.

Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes, who was in Turin over the weekend to finalise Joao Cancelo's transfer to the Bianconeri, is said to have also discussed the Portugal captain's move with club officials.

The reported club-record offer from Juventus is expected to make Ronaldo the highest-paid player in their history, despite Madrid willing to match whatever Juve pay in wages.

  • Stacy Allen