Many things were said. That it was too old, that it was too expensive or that it did not fit well in the style of Pep Guardiola. And despite everything, Cristiano Ronaldo was one step away from finishing at Manchester City in this transfer market.
It all happened in just 48 hours. The Portuguese star was nowhere near moving to the Etihad Stadium, but from one moment to another United said they were present and in a matter of hours they reached an agreement with Juve to finalize the return of Ronaldo to Old Trafford.
The transfer of CR7 to the Citizens, without a doubt, would have been the most controversial in recent years in world football. The forward is a legend of the Red Devils and the idea of seeing him dressed in light blue was not well seen by everyone in the city of Manchester.
Cristiano Ronaldo was offered to City long before the transfer market started. Jorge Mendes, the forward's representative, was looking for a team for him during all these months because Cristiano's desire was to leave Juventus after three seasons.
Mendes had contact with the big clubs in Europe, among which the two in Manchester stand out. The idea was to find a suitor who could offer Ronaldo a good contract, in line with the financial expectations of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. This situation coincided with the need for the Citizens to look for a weight forward in the market. After the departure of Sergio Agüero to Barcelona, the celestial club set itself the goal of hiring an area man that would allow Guardiola's men to take a leap in quality and have other options in attack.