Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have already dropped Cristiano Ronaldo transfer hint
GOSSIP & RUMOURS By Mirror | November 10th 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Juventus, who are looking to reduce their wage bill amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 35-year-old forward earns a whopping £28 million per year in Italy, which is said to be five times more than second-highest earner Paulo Dybala.
Ronaldo won't be short of suitors if Andrea Pirlo and co. do indeed decide to move him on, with Manchester United among the club's already linked with the Portuguese.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo spent six years at Old Trafford before joining Real Madrid in 2009.
He played alongside current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while at United, and the Norwegian is a big fan of the Portuguese.
Speaking in the summer, Solskjaer was asked which of his 1999 treble-winning United team-mates he'd love to be able to call upon today.
Solskjaer named Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, adding: "Don't forget I played with Cristiano and he's the best player in the world - so I wouldn't mind having him in my team too.
As well as being a fan of what Ronaldo can do on a pitch, Solskjaer admitted last January he is still in communication with the Portuguese.
And, interestingly, he got his opinion on compatriot Bruno Fernandes before splashing the cash on the former Sporting Lisbon captain.
"We've got the chief scouts who do all the scouting, we've got the analysts who analyse and break everything down to a minutest detail," Solskjaer told the High Performance Podcast.
"But you can see that with your eye really what talent and quality you've got. Then you speak to team-mates, who maybe play with them in the national team.
"So obviously Cristiano was an easy goal for me.
"I managed to get through to Patrice Evra, I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stands him [Fernandes] in good stead."
And finally, Solskjaer also recalled playing with Ronaldo, admitting once again that he is one of the best to have ever graced the game.
"Having played with him, I could always see the desire in Cristiano from his early days," explained the Red Devils boss.
"We would need to guide him once in a while but he always wanted to be the best in the world and would never let anyone come between him and his goal.
"That says a lot about his tough mentality. It's probably the environment in which he has grown that has made him so hungry for success. He is the best I have played with."
Whether Solskjaer would sign Ronaldo for United if given the chance remains to be seen, but it appears he'll certainly consider the option if Juventus look to sell.