PSG confirm Cristiano Ronaldo transfer interest with Juventus axe edging closer

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Paris-Saint Germain have confirmed they will be in the race to sign Cristiano Ronaldo amid speculation Juventus are ready to sell the superstar.

Spanish outlet Sport reported that the Serie A giants have decided to sell Ronaldo next summer rather than renew his bumper contract, with the club feeling the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And PSG's sporting director Leonardo says his club are one of the few who could afford to sign the 35-year-old.

He told  PSGTV : "Today in football we do not know what will happen.

"Maybe tomorrow Cristiano Ronaldo wakes up and says I want to go play elsewhere.

"Who can buy him? It's a closed circle.

"PSG enters this circle. Usually it is about opportunities, situations.

"The transfer window, we have to prepare for it and that's what we do. We have our priorities, our lists, but something unforeseen can happen."

Ronaldo currently earns around £28million a year at Juve, and has helped fire the club to consecutive Serie A titles.

The numbers involved in potentially signing him are astronomical – and while even Europe's top clubs have been affected by the pandemic, Leonardo says PSG can still afford to pursue their ambitions.

"Last year we lost between 15 and 20 per cent [income] and this year it will be more," he said.

"But honestly, at PSG, there is the capacity and the means to overcome the crisis.

"The other clubs will perhaps have more difficulty to overcome the crisis. But the ambition here is always enormous."

Ronaldo was linked with a move to Paris during the summer window, but the move never materialised.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes is believed to have met with Leonardo, but failed to get a deal over the line for his most famous client.

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