Manchester United have received a huge boost in the race for Cristiano Ronaldo after the news emerged that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was expected to be their biggest rivals for a potential transfer over the near future, has no relationship with the player that he can comment on, as reported by the Daily Star.
Man Utd are thought to be lining up a move to bring the Portuguese international winger back to Old Trafford at the end of the new season.
They are said to have earmarked a £60 million fee for the player already, and are thought to be able to increase his Real Madrid wages, where he earns less than the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, two recent arrivals at Old Trafford.
Chelsea were, however, thought to be potential rivals for his signature, especially given Mourinho’s spell working with Ronaldo at Real, but the manager insists that this could not be further from the case.
He said: “The relationship between Ronaldo and myself is non-existent.
“He plays for Real Madrid, I’m the Chelsea manager.
“You would not find us hanging around together. The relationship does not exist but the memories of his impact do.
“I have to remind myself that he is a goal machine who helped me become a Liga champion, win the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa.
“I try to keep the best memories of Cristiano Ronaldo with me and I wish him all the best in his career – especially with Portugal but also with his club.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that his side could still yet make signings, on the assumption that the injuries that his team have suffered turn out to be worse than the club expects them to be, as reported by the Daily Star.
Wenger has seen his side start the new season in somewhat decent form, but Tuesday night’s clash against Borussia Dortmund spoke for some realities surrounding his squad. Depleted by the injury to Mathieu Debuchy, a makeshift back line offered little in the way of resistance to Dortmund’s formidable attacking line, and the north London club slumped to a 2-0 loss.
With Debuchy injured, Arsenal had to turn to youngster Hector Bellerin to fill in at right back. While Bellerin was not particularly to blame for the loss, injuries elsewhere make the club’s options look increasingly poor, and many expect them to look into the free transfer market to aid the squad.
It is not as simple as that, according to Wenger, who said: “You cannot rule anything out because it depends on how long the injuries are and how many you have.
“At the moment, we are not in that need.”
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has claimed that £16 million Liverpool addition has to become a more responsible adult if he wants to succeed in the Premier League at the Anfield club in the future, as reported by the Evening Standard.
Allardyce’s West Ham host the Reds at the weekend, and in facing them, Allardyce is battling a team who, on form, are one of the best attacking sides in the Premier League.
However, they have stuttered thus far this season, with new signings needing time to blend combining unfortunately with a series of injuries suffered by key talents from last season’s successes.
Balotelli, despite his chequered past, was brought in towards the end of the summer transfer window from AC Milan for £16 million, and the Italian international scored his first goal for Liverpool against Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday.
There remain questions over his attitude, and to that end, Allardyce has said: “[Balotelli] showed in the Champions League this week that he can score from a half-chance and if he has managed to improve his temperament on and off the field and become a more responsible adult, then I think he could be a big player for Liverpool.
“He’s not a Luis Suarez, but if he can finish the season in double figures, then he will have been a success.”