Juventus will reportedly not be offering Cristiano Ronaldo a new deal, leaving the Portuguese forward free to leave Turin in 2022.
According to Sky Italia, the Serie A giants have decided not to offer the forward a new contract, but expect him to honour his existing deal, which expires in June next year.
It is well-documented that the Bianconeri are having financial issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and are struggling to pay Ronaldo's high wages, said to be in the region of €30 million (R524 million) a season, although they are said to be happy for him to see out the final year of his contract.
With the five-time Ballon d'Or winner returning to Turin for pre-season training on Monday, he will reportedly sit down with the club officials in the coming days to discuss his future.
If Ronaldo chose to leave now and not next year, then he might have to lower his wage demands, with many European clubs, including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, in the same financial predicament as Juventus.
Two clubs who could reportedly afford the Portugal star are Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, with reports in Italy suggesting that the latter could make an offer for the player.
Whether the Red Devils make a bid or not, though, will reportedly depend on Ronaldo's price tag, and many believe it is now unlikely he will leave Juventus in this window.
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