Date: 24th October 2022 at 10:33am
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Supporters of both Chelsea and Manchester United will have been pleased with Sunday’s Premier League results, as both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur dropped points. 

The Blues and The Red Devils currently occupy fifth and sixth in the table respectively, following their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Both Spurs and Arsenal missed the chance to extend their advantages over Chelsea and United, although Newcastle United’s victory over Tottenham did see them leapfrog both clubs into fourth spot.

United were without Cristiano Ronaldo for their trip to west London on Saturday, following the Portuguese’s refusal to be substituted on against Spurs during their previous outing.

It remains to be seen when, or indeed if, the 37-year-old will return to the United first team squad, having trained with the under-21s since the incident.

Ronaldo was believed to have told those in charge of the club that he wished to leave over the summer, but he failed to attract enough interest to secure his desired move to a club competing in the Champions League.

Now, Chelsea have been linked with a shock move for the player in the wake of his latest controversy.

As reported by The Mail, Blues owner Todd Boehly is ‘open’ to the idea of signing the Portugal international.

Ronaldo has been on the bench for large parts of the season so far

Boehly met with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over the summer, sparking initial rumours of a deal.

The pair have maintained a working relationship and Boehly is now open to the idea of making a move for the forward.

The main obstacle that Boehly faced over the summer was then manager Thomas Tuchel, who repeatedly dismissed the idea of signing Ronaldo, but the American could now move for the player with Tuchel having been sacked.

United will look to move Ronaldo on in January and Chelsea could be first in the queue to land the star.

Last season, he scored 24 goals in 38 games across all competitions after completing a sensational return to Old Trafford, 12 years after initially leaving the club.

He has struggled this term, though, having started just two of United’s 11 Premier League matches so far.

His only league goal so far this season came against Everton, with a penalty against Cypriot side Omonia Nikosia in the Europa League his only other goal.

Up next for United is a game against Moldovan side Sheriff in the Europa League, but it remains to be seen whether or not Ten Hag will choose to reinstate the player to the first team squad for the match at Old Trafford.

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