His decision is driven by a desire to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career, say The Times, who claim the 37-year-old believes he has 'three or four years' left at the highest level.
Ronaldo's future remains uncertain as the 2022/23 campaign draws nearer. The experienced forward is heading into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and it appears Europa League football is a far-from-ideal scenario.
With the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich being strongly linked with a possible move, the player's agent, Jorge Mendes, is making moves.
In fact, he recently spoke to Barca president Joan Laporta during a trip to the city of Barcelona, according to Spanish publication AS, with several transfer options 'on the table' during discussions.
One of those transfer options was, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo but the report goes on to name Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and AC Milan striker Rafael Leao as options that Barcelona are 'considering both to strengthen the team this summer or in the future.'
Mendes has certainly been busy in recent weeks. Last month, he reportedly held discussions over a possible transfer with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.
According to The Athletic, Boehly met Jorge Mendes in Portugal and the idea of Ronaldo making a surprise move to Stamford Bridge this summer were amongst the topics of conversation during the meeting.
They claim after internal discussions, Bayern's CEO Oliver Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic ‘quickly lowered their thumbs’, with financial reasons being touted as one of the main reasons behind the snub.
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