Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United he has an offer from a rival club.
The Portugal sensation, 37, wants to leave Old Trafford this summer but the Premier League side are refusing to sell.
According to The Sun, Ronaldo has asked United to let him go for free out of respect for his ‘loyalty’, a demand scoffed at by the club.
Failing this, the superstar forward wants the Red Devils to name their price and sanction a move to a club in this season’s Champions League.
However, United want Ronaldo to see out the final year of his contract and could even trigger an option to extend his deal by another 12 months.
Football’s leading goalscorer missed the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia due to ‘family reasons’.
He returned to United training on Tuesday for showdown talks over his future, but the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.
Ronaldo is not expected to feature in the upcoming pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid, who were linked with his signature before club president Enrqiue Cerezo ruled out a move.
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Bayern Munich and Chelsea also pulled out of the running, leaving Ronaldo short of options.
It is understood agent Jorge Mendes has held talks with the striker’s former club Sporting Lisbon, which is considered Ronaldo’s most likely offer.
And ex-England forward Trevor Sinclair believes United are being ‘bullied’ by Ronaldo.
“He is holding the club to ransom,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“Can you imagine a player doing this to Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp?
“Antonio Conte, Thomas Tuchel… we saw how he handled the Romelu Lukaku situation, he wasn’t having any of his shenanigans.
“Even Mikel Arteta, a young manager, told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his star player, ‘You’re not playing, I’ll get you out of here as soon as I can’.
“In this situation, Ronaldo is trying to leave, Erik ten Hag is new in the job, it’s a difficult situation, but I don’t want to see United getting bullied.
“I think that’s what Ronaldo is trying to do. I’ve always been brought up that no player is bigger than the club and if United heed to his demands, they’re proving they can be bullied off a footballer.”
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