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Barcelona President Joan Laporta Eyes Cristiano Ronaldo As His Dream Signing

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Barcelona President Joan Laporta Eyes Cristiano Ronaldo As His Dream Signing

Cristiano Ronaldo could be the subject of the most incredible transfer of the summer, with Barcelona president Joan Laporta reportedly wanting to sign the superstar to partner him with Lionel Messi.

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Ronaldo's future at Juventus has been brought under question, even with the Italians qualifying for the Champions League on the final day of the season.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has been linked with a move back to Manchester United in exchange for Paul Pogba as well as his first club Sporting.

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However, Real Madrid's all-time top goalscorer could make the seemingly impossible move to his former side's rivals Barca.

According to AS, Laporta, who became president at the Camp Nou for the second time earlier this year, wants to make the dream of partnering Ronaldo with Messi come true.

Ronaldo and Messi might soon be teammates. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo and Messi might soon be teammates. Image: PA Images

In order to make the deal, the Barca chief is willing to offer Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Roberto in exchange.

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Messi's contract at the Camp Nou is actually set to expire at the end of the month and he's yet to sign a new deal with the club.

He is expected to stay though, despite the team's failure to win the league title last season and the club's well-known financial issues.

The report does claim that the club are close to refinancing and that Messi's contract has nearly been sewn up as well.

Griezmann and Coutinho could head to Italy together. Image: PA Images
Griezmann and Coutinho could head to Italy together. Image: PA Images
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That wouldn't make Ronaldo's contract any cheaper, with the 36-year-old earning far more than anyone else in Serie A currently.

Letting Griezmann and Coutinho move to Turin would certainly help Barca to afford the Portugal forward's wages.

The Catalan giants have been concentrating a lot on free transfers this summer, with Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay all having joined for no transfer fee.

They were also attempting to bring Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool, a move that Ronald Koeman had wanted to make for a year, but the Dutch midfielder instead moved to PSG.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Barcelona, Serie A, Philippe Coutinho, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Transfer gossip, Juventus, Real Madrid, La Liga

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