The summer transfer window is closed for the major leagues in Europe. However, with an eye on January, there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Miami to move for Ronaldo?
Major League Soccer side Inter Miami CF are lining up a January move for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to The Daily Star.
United are prepared for Ronaldo to mount another push to leave Old Trafford if he cannot win a regular place in Erik ten Hag’s team. United are aware that he could look to move in January in a bid to find regular first-team football.
However, sources have told ESPN that United are confident Ronaldo will stay at the club mainly because of a lack of interest in him from elite European sides. United only received one firm offer from a club in Saudi Arabia this summer, a bid that was dismissed by Ronaldo’s camp.
Nonetheless, the Daily Star’s report states that Miami are keen on Ronaldo. It adds that the club — co-owned by David Beckham and coached by Phil Neville — would offer Ronaldo £30 million annually, although that figure would seem unlikely given the MLS salary structure. For comparison, the highest paid player in MLS is Chicago’s Xherdan Shaqiri with a salary of about £7.3m.
Miami are also insisting that the move would need to be a free transfer, which could prove a stumbling block for the deal with United. It is expected that it would take around £10m for any January deal to become possible.
Gonzalo Higuain is Miami’s current big-name striker but he is retiring at the end of the season, meaning the Designated Player roster spot needed for Ronaldo would become available.
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