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Chelsea may unintentionally provide Manchester United a £55 million advantage by resolving the Cristiano Ronaldo dispute

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Chelsea may unintentionally provide Manchester United a £55 million advantage by resolving the Cristiano Ronaldo dispute

Chelsea has been instructed to complete the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire, while Manchester United has been advised to cut their losses.

Both have been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge this summer, as their futures at Old Trafford become increasingly uncertain under Erik ten Hag.

The west Londoners made a surprise enquiry about the England international last week, according to the Daily Mail, amid growing doubts about his future.

Chelsea reportedly inquired about Maguire’s availability in order to counteract Manchester United’s interest in Christian Pulisic.

Meanwhile, talk of Ronaldo signing a contract with the Blues has cooled, but Todd Boehly is still interested in signing the striker.

Chelsea sounded out a move for the 37-year-old last month, according to football.london, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner eager to play in the Champions League this season.

Ronaldo was open to a move to Stamford Bridge in July, according to ESPN. Despite the fact that Boehly has laid the groundwork for a deal after meeting with super agent Jorge Mendes, Thomas Tuchel is said to be skeptical.

Nonetheless, both Ronaldo and Maguire have moved closer to leaving the club after being rested for the match against Liverpool. 

They’ve been urged to start fresh amid Chelsea interest, but the Blues could pay as much as £54.8 million, according to CIES Football Observatory.

Speaking on the talkSPORT Sports Bar show, Paul Parker said: “When I look at Ronaldo, I think that they need to cut their losses and let him go. 

“He’s unhappy, he wants to play every week, and I think they’ve got to let him go even if they have to pay him off or something – I don’t think they’ll get much money for him.

“But I look at Harry Maguire, and Ten Hag mentioned something that he was looking for in his back line, and he wants mobility and pace,” Parker added. “Straight away, there are two words there that make it difficult for Harry Maguire to be playing regularly for Manchester United.

“To see the first goal that comes from Martinez, as soon as the ball comes to him, he passes it out wide to Elanga – he does not have two or three touches to make his mind up. United were a much better team going forward because they were getting the ball into midfield a lot quicker than the back four that they’d been playing with over the last few years.”

Darren Bent agreed with Parker, saying Maguire could thrive under Tuchel at Chelsea, a team that has become known for its defensive prowess since the German took over.

 The former Tottenham striker said: “It’s mad that Maguire is being linked with Chelsea, but do you know what is really mad?

“Maguire’s form has fallen off a cliff, but if he was put into Thomas Tuchel’s system with Thomas Tuchel as a defensive-minded coach, I think he’d be better. I’m not saying he’d be a world beater, but he’d be better. It comes down to having a good coach at the end of the day.”

Chelsea may unintentionally provide Manchester United a £55 million advantage by resolving the Cristiano Ronaldo dispute

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