PSG chief Leonardo reveals club WILL make a sensational move for Cristiano Ronaldo if Juventus decide to put him up for sale next summer as Italian giants consider cutting his £28m-a-year salary from their wage bill
- Cristiano Ronaldo is on wages of £28m-a-year at Serie A champions Juventus
- Reports have emerged that Juve could try and sell Ronaldo to cut his wages
- PSG chief Leonardo confirmed that the Ligue 1 champions would be interested
- Leonardo added that despite the COVID-19 crisis, PSG can still be ‘ambitious’
The 35-year-old, who joined the Serie A champions from Real Madrid in 2018, is currently on £28million a year in Turin, five times more than his highest-paid team-mate Paulo Dybala, and Juve are reportedly keen to get Ronaldo’s wages off their books.
When asked about Ronaldo’s potential availability, PSG sporting director Leonardo refused to dismiss a move out of hand, instead noting ‘something unforeseen can happen.’
Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus next summer and PSG would be interested in a move
PSG chief Leonardo confirmed that PSG would ‘enter the circle’ should Ronaldo be available
‘Today in football we do not know what will happen,’ he told PSGTV.
‘Maybe tomorrow Cristiano Ronaldo wakes up and says I want to go play elsewhere.
‘Who can buy him? It’s a closed circle. PSG enters this circle. Usually it is about opportunities, situations.
‘The transfer window, we have to prepare for it and that’s what we do. We have our priorities, our lists, but something unforeseen can happen.’
Despite the coronavirus crisis forcing Europe’s top clubs to scale back amid financial problems, Leonardo insisted the Ligue 1 champions still have the ‘capacity’ to plan ahead.
Ronaldo could be sold by Juventus next summer as they look to get rid of his hefty wages
‘Last year we lost between 15 and 20 per cent and this year it will be more,’ he detailed. ‘But honestly, at PSG, there is the capacity and the means to overcome the crisis.
‘The other clubs will perhaps have more difficulty to overcome the crisis. But the ambition here is always enormous.’
Meanwhile, Juve boss Andrea Pirlo confirmed Ronaldo picked up an injury which forced him off during the draw with Lazio in Rome.
Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo confirmed Ronaldo picked up an ankle injury against Lazio
The No 7 went off with an ankle knock and was seen having his foot strapped with an ice pack during the closing stages of the match.
It still remains to be seen whether he will link up with Portugal during the international break.
Juventus currently sit fifth in Serie A, four points off early leaders AC Milan.