Cristiano Ronaldo subject of interest from Saudi Arabia

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to receive an offer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, 90min can confirm.

Al-Hilal made a bid to sign Ronaldo during the summer while he was still contracted to Manchester United, offering the Portugal international a cool £305m to make the move to the Middle East.

Ronaldo turned the offer down during the summer but now finds himself looking for a new club after agreeing to terminate his contract at Old Trafford, and sources close to the situation have confirmed to 90min that he will again have the chance to move.

Al-Hilal remain interested in Ronaldo and are preparing another offer for the 37-year-old, while fellow Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr are also keen to make contact with the Portugal international.

Their interest comes after Saudi Arabia sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal told Sky News of his desire to bring Ronaldo to the Middle East.

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” he said. “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and [Lionel] Messi.”

Despite the imminent offer, 90min understands that Ronaldo’s current priority is to remain in Europe, where he can continue to add to his tally of 140 Champions League goals.

In Europe, Ronaldo’s entourage have already been informed that Newcastle United, owned by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, will not be pursuing his signature.

As for Chelsea, who were among the teams to explore a move for Ronaldo during the summer, 90min understands that Graham Potter is not desperate to land the striker at this point either.

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