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Cristiano Ronaldo agent Mendes returns to Chelsea for negotiations as Aubameyang deal stalls – but Tuchel still hesitant

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 Cristiano Ronaldo agent Mendes returns to Chelsea for negotiations as Aubameyang deal stalls – but Tuchel still hesitant

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United striker, could still join Chelsea, with his agent Jorge Mendes reportedly returning to hold talks with the West Londoners.

Last month, Mendes met with new Blues owner Todd Boehly to discuss a possible transfer to Stamford Bridge.

SunSport revealed exclusively that Boehly was eager to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Chelsea, however, backed out of a deal to sign the 37-year-old, with manager Thomas Tuchel declining the opportunity to bring him in.

Tuchel was reportedly told not to sign the Portugal international by his German compatriot and former United interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

After passing on Ronaldo, Chelsea turned their attention to Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the hope of luring him back to England following his departure from Arsenal earlier this year.

However, SunSport reports that Tuchel’s hopes of reuniting with the 33-year-old are stalled due to personal terms, with Chelsea only willing to offer him a one-year contract.

According to the  Independent, Ronaldo’s representative has returned to Chelsea to see if a deal for the forward can be revived.

However, they claim that Tuchel still has reservations about Ronaldo as of the weekend.

Chelsea is interested in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who is nearing the end of his contract at Selhurst Park.

United manager Erik ten Hag has refused to guarantee Ronaldo’s future at the club after starting him from the bench in the club’s last two games.

When asked if the Real Madrid legend would stay at Old Trafford, Ten Hag replied, “I can’t say.”

“We plan with him. We stick to the plan. We want him to stay. That is what I want.”

Pressed on whether Ronaldo will still be a United player come Friday morning, Ten Hag could only add: “I hope so.”

 Cristiano Ronaldo agent Mendes returns to Chelsea for negotiations as Aubameyang deal stalls – but Tuchel still hesitant

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