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That’s according to Carlos Carpio of the Madrid-based daily Marca, which reported the Portuguese tactician will instead target Alvaro Morata.
According to the report, Mourinho has a number of reservations regarding a deal for Ronaldo, including his age―he’s 32―the proposed transfer fee of €200 million and the fact the two did not get along by the time the Special One left Madrid.
Transfer speculation surrounding the Ballon d’Or holder has mounted since tax fraud allegations came to light earlier this month. Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol explained the situation:
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Ronaldo wants to leave Spain. Either he will leave or we (the media) are being used to show how angry he is at being accused of avoiding tax
A transfer doesn’t seem likely, however, as the forward is a crucial player for Los Blancos, and his contract situation makes him close to untouchable. President Florentino Perez told Onda Cero (h/t the Mirror‘s Joe Mewis) his buyout clause sits at £1 billion.
Ronaldo exit rumours have become a yearly occurrence in the summer, and these accusations mean a move is perhaps more likely, but fans of Real Madrid can still rest easy.