Chelsea front in line to offer Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League football after Man Utd superstar transfer plea

CHELSEA is at the forefront of offering Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League football.

The superstar’s attacker sensationally told Manchester United that he wants to retire.

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Cristiano Ronaldo could be a Chelsea player by the end of the summerCredit: Getty

The Red Devils are determined to stand firm and refuse to sell, but the Portuguese star insists they must give the green light to any ‘acceptable’ offer.

And that could mean the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would join rivals Chelsea, who finished third last season – and with it a place at the top of Europe.

Thomas Tuchel is looking for a new striker after Romelu Lukaku’s season-long loan to Inter Milan.

That leaves Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as the only players who can really play at the front of the squad.

The West Londoners are keen to make the attacker their big asset this summer and are keeping an eye on his situation at United.

New Blues chief Todd Boehly recently met with Ronaldo’s agent – Jorge Mendes – to discuss a host of topics, including a possible move for the sports icon.

German giants Bayern are also interested in signing the veteran striker, who has been a bright spot in an otherwise bleak season for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo was United’s top scorer, finding the back of the net 24 times and providing three assists in 39 appearances.

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Sporting Lisbon inquired, but Ronaldo’s pay of £480,000 a week means there is little chance of a return, with Serie A a possible destination.

The transfer bomb comes after a first week of preparation for the season, where new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has received rave reviews.

Ron, who has yet to return to Carrington, is unhappy at the prospect of playing a first season in nearly two decades without Champions League football.

And he doesn’t believe United’s squad is capable of making a title bid.

Sources in Portugal insist Ronaldo, who has a 12-month contract plus a one-year option, has not demanded and has no intention of doing so.

But United refuse to deny that he wants to leave.

Todd Boehly has already met with Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes

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Todd Boehly has already met with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge MendesCredit: PA
Thomas Tuchel wants a new striker after Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter . on loan

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Thomas Tuchel wants a new striker after Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter . on loanCredit: Richard Pelham/The Sun
Ronaldo scored 24 times last season, including against Chelsea in April

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Ronaldo scored 24 times last season, including against Chelsea in AprilCredit: PA

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