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Todd Boehly Set To Allow Thomas Tuchel Final Decision On Chelsea's Cristiano Ronaldo Bid

Nick Emms

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Todd Boehly Set To Allow Thomas Tuchel Final Decision On Chelsea's Cristiano Ronaldo Bid

Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly will check with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel regarding a move for Cristiano Ronaldo before making a bid for the Manchester United star, according to reports.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the 37-year-old as he looks to leave Manchester this summer.

Ronaldo is said to want to move to a club who are challenging for domestic and European titles next season, with Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain his top choices. 

The Blues had previously been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo when Boehly met with super agent Jorge Mendes to discuss potential moves in the summer window.

Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with his first season back at Old Trafford. (Alamy)
Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with his first season back at Old Trafford. (Alamy)

It was unclear as to whether Chelsea would pursue Ronaldo after the informal talks but it now appears that the signing could happen.

However, as reported by Matt Law of the Telegraph, Boehly will check with head coach Tuchel regarding any potential move for the forward.

Acting as interim sporting director, Boehly is set to discuss the signing with his head coach before making a decision.

Tuchel is said to be an admirer of Ronaldo but is yet to discuss the deal in any length with Boehly.

The German has not indicated whether he believes that Ronaldo could fit into his team or style of play, with Boehly keen not to sign any players that his head coach does not want or believe fits his squad.

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This comes after Romelu Lukaku completed a return to Inter Milan, on an initial loan deal for the 2022/23 season.

The Belgian criticised Tuchel’s tactics in an interview in December as he struggled in front of goal for the Blues.

Chelsea will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the situation and will give Tuchel the final say on incomings this summer, with Ronaldo the latest name to be linked.

Tuchel has spoken about Ronaldo in the press on previous occasions, such as when the Portugal star scored against Chelsea at Old Trafford last season. 

"I think many players can look up to the quality, attitude and career of Ronaldo,” he admitted after his attackers failed to put the game to bed earlier in the season.

Tuchel watching Ronaldo when he played for Real Madrid. (Alamy)
Tuchel watching Ronaldo when he played for Real Madrid. (Alamy)

This came after he backed Ronaldo to succeed, which the forward did by scoring 18 goals in the Premier League in a struggling United team. 

"I think he will have a huge impact,” Tuchel said upon his return to the Premier League. 

“He is a true champion and has proved at any level, in any year, he can perform at outstanding levels. And don't forget, he will have an impact every day with the group, it's not just goals and assists.

“You ask me about it, which is fair enough. I think he will have a huge impact because he is a champion, a true champion. He has proved on any level in any year that he can perform on outstanding levels.

"Cristiano leads by example and makes things more complicated for us! Very exciting, we will not change our ambitions because of that."

It remains to be seen as to whether Tuchel sees Ronaldo as a good fit for his Chelsea squad, with Boehly prepared to leave a decision regarding a move for the forward down to his head coach.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Chelsea Transfer News & Rumours, Todd Boehly, Thomas Tuchel, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Football, Transfers, Premier League

Nick Emms
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