Chelsea have been urged to ‘go big’ and land Cristiano Ronaldo in a huge statement signing, as he seeks to depart Manchester United.
Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford remains in the balance, with the Portuguese superstar making it clear he wants to leave the Red Devils.
The 37-year-old is keen to play Champions League football, something United can’t offer their talisman, having finished outside of the top four in the Premier League last season.
Despite falling short, Ronaldo was United’s top scorer with 18 goals in what was his first Premier League campaign in 14 years.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are in need of a new striker to lead their line, and former Blues defender Scott Minto believes the Blues should test United’s resolve and do all they can to sign Ronaldo before the end of the transfer window.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is in a really really poor team, Man United were so poor last season, and yet he scored 18 Premier League goals,” he told the White and Jordan show on talkSPORT.
“You can argue that it is all about him [Ronaldo], but you can still sit him down and say: ‘Look we need you to do this, are you willing to do it? If not we won’t come in for you. If you are, we will’.
“He is capable of pressing – it’s not that he can’t do it, it’s that he doesn’t want to do it.
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“I covered Real Madrid for four years and watched every game, he was a one and two-touch player, he was a box player, scoring goals.
“To ask him to change that at the age of 37 is going to be something a bit different.
“You can build a team around that. When Thomas Tuchel came in, he won the Champions League and got Chelsea back into the top four on the basis of a good defence, not necessarily scoring goals.
“The defence doesn’t look good at the moment and we haven’t got the goals, either.
“So I think Chelsea should go big for Ronaldo.”
Chelsea are in desperate need for a forward before the window slams shut.
Romelu Lukaku left the club at the start of the transfer window re-joining Inter Milan on-loan.
Kai Havertz, who netted eight goals in the league last season, is likely to start the season up top, but the club need more firepower.
After the German, it means the Blues are just left with his fellow countryman Timo Werner, as their only recognised striker.
Werner continues to flatter to deceive and has, therefore, been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel has brought in Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, but the 27-year-old will likely be used on the wing, and Mason Mount, who bagged 14 in last season, is likely to remain in midfield.
Chelsea failed in their attempts to lure Raphinha away from Leeds United, with the Brazilian eventually moving to Barcelona.
If the club are to compete at the top of the Premier League next season, and challenge both Man City and Liverpool for the title, they desperately need more attacking reinforcements at the Bridge.
On Chelsea’s transfer window so far, Minto added: “I think these issues were always going to inevitable with Chelsea this summer, we were playing catch up after being in limbo before Todd Boehly took over.
“I do think there’s money there and he does want to spend it, but I do think they’re very short. To lose 4-0 against Arsenal was slightly worrying.
“I never thought Chelsea would have a great chance of winning the title this season, but I do think they should be cementing third and getting close to Man City and Liverpool.
“Whereas at the moment, I’m slightly concerned and I’m looking over my shoulder.”
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