Former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo could be set to hand Erik ten Hag a parting gift in the form of a solution in the transfer window for the Red Devils, following his move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had his contract at Old Trafford terminated before the World Cup following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, and has subsequently moved to the Middle East.
Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr announced that they had completed a deal to sign free agent Ronaldo on Friday, as he is set to receive over £177million per year at his new club. His arrival could signal departures from the club, however, as Al Nassr reportedly wish to pair Ronaldo with a creative winger in order to get the best out of the 37-year-old.
It could be a busy January window for United also, as they are attempting to replace Ronaldo and bolster Ten Hag’s options up front. Anthony Martial has started both Premier League games as a centre-forward since Ronaldo’s exit, though it is thought that the Dutchman is hoping to sign another striker.
Cody Gakpo was mentioned as a potential target, but Liverpool swooped in and announced a deal for the ex-PSV forward for a fee that could reach £50m. There have been claims that United overspent in the summer on deals for Casemiro and Anthony, and only have enough money for a short-term loan in January for a striker.
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