By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 10th July 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo’s odds of leaving Real Madrid by the end of the summer transfer window continue to shorten after a week which saw claims that the biggest deal of the summer was about to happen.
The William Hill trading team are no longer offering odds on Ronaldo to leave for any club in this period, having initially priced it up as a 1/3 shot.
After a weekend in which no denials from either Juventus or Real Madrid were forthcoming, Juventus’ odds of stabling the 33-year old at the close of summer business continued to shorten. Having originally stood at 4/11 they are now as short as 1/6.
The past week has seen an incredible spike in reports suggesting that Real Madrid were willing to listen to offers for their talisman and iconic forward.
There is a real belief now amongst supporters, Spanish newspapers and Italian journalists that Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for The Old Lady in a €100m (£88m) deal.
The 33-year old, who is Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer with 450 goals in 438 matches, looks set to depart the Spanish capital after nine years and sources claim he will sign a four year contract with Juventus with an annual salary of €30m.
The market has Ronaldo strongly favoured to join Juventus despite a long-standing interest from former club Manchester United. The Red Devil’s odds of re-signing their former number 7 remains at a relatively unfancied 16/1.
Ronaldo has previously been linked with moves in years before but something is evidently different this year around.
An apparent rift between the Portugal captain and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to be the root cause of the move, with Ronaldo not feeling valued at the club.
Ronaldo transfer odds – if not Juve then where?
His odds of staying at Real Madrid is currently priced up at odds of 3/1.
Spanish outlet Marca say that the relatively low fee of £88m is proof of Real Madrid’s willingness to make a deal happen. Italian media are claiming that Tuesday will be a decisive day for the projected move.
Paris Saint-Germain are an outside bet to sign Ronaldo at 20/1.
Reportedly, the Old Lady could sell Gonzalo Higuain and Alex Sandro to English sides Manchester United and Chelsea respectively to fund the move.
In his head, Cristiano is a Juventus player. Juve has found a financial way to pay for his wages and fee. Real Madrid willing to let him go. No offer has arrived yet to Real, but Jorge Mendes has confirmed to Real that it will. He has never been this close to leaving. Will he?
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 5, 2018
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.