‘He ticks a box’ –Paul Merson gives verdict on a probable Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Chelsea

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a surprise move to Chelsea.

The 37-year-old is keen on leaving Manchester United this summer, after a disappointing season that saw them finish outside the top four.

Ronaldo won’t be playing Champions League football next season if he stays with Manchester United – a position he doesn’t want to be in.

Ronaldo has told his agent Jorge Mendes to find him a new club, and he doesn’t mind a move to Manchester United’s rivals, Chelsea.

There have been many reactions to the news, with Chelsea fans divided about a likely signing of the former Real Madrid star.

Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season, and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes it would be a good signing if he does move to Chelsea.

According to Paul Merson, Ronaldo ticks a box for Chelsea who are in need of a goalscorer.

Paul Merson wrote in a column for Sky Sports: “I think he might be tempted to leave as it goes – the way it’s going on at the moment.

“We’re hearing that he wants to play in the Champions League so I think that might happen. I think it will be a win-win situation if he does go. I think it needs to get sorted sooner than later – the season’s like four or five weeks away.

“It’s a bit disappointing in the way that you hear the news that he wants to play in the Champions League. It’s been clear Man Utd won’t be in the Champions League for a long time.

“I don’t know why this wasn’t nipped in the bud early doors. It’s had to drag on this long. I’d be a bit disappointed if I was a Man Utd fan.

“It’s hard to get centre forwards who can score goals, especially in the best and hardest league in the world.

“So if Ronaldo did move on, Man Utd haven’t really got a replacement to take his place as a proven goalscorer who is going to get you 15 to 20 goals. So they’d have to go and search for someone.”