Date: 26th August 2022 at 1:19pm
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With less than a week remaining of the transfer window in England, it seems increasingly likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will remain a Manchester United player until January at the earliest.

The Portuguese was believed to have told the club that he wished to leave earlier this summer but, entering into the final seven days of the window, the forward remains firmly at Old Trafford.

A number of clubs are reported to have been interested in the 37-year-old, including Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, but a move is yet to materialise.

The player’s agent also appears to have been busy attempting to arrange a move for his client, and now Italian side Napoli have emerged as the latest club to have been offered Ronaldo’s services.

As reported by Sky Sports, Mendes has been in contact with the Serie A side in the hope of arranging a deal.

It is suggested by the report that Mendes has even proposed the idea of Ronaldo joining Napoli and Victor Osimhen moving in the opposite direction to join The Red Devils.

Osimhen has been linked with a move to Manchester United in a possible swap deal for Ronaldo

The Nigerian striker is believed to be admired by those in charge of United and has been considered by the club as a replacement for Ronaldo, however it is also claimed that Napoli would only accept an offer in excess of £100 million for the striker.

With United so far prioritising a move for Ajax winger Antony, which could ultimately cost them as much as £80 million, it is difficult to see how the club would find the money to fund a move for Osimhen in the same window.

Ronaldo started United’s game against Liverpool on Monday on the bench, but was introduced by Erik ten Hag late in the second half as the Dutchman looked to hold on to his side’s narrow lead.

The Red Devils’ 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Brentford is the only match that the ex-Real Madrid man has started so far this season.

Despite claims that Ronaldo is intent on leaving, Ten Hag has so far insisted that the player is not for sale and will stay put.

More recent reports, though, have suggested that United may have finally come around to the idea that selling the player may be for the best.

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