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Cristiano Ronaldo was close to Borussia Dortmund move

Bundesliga club decided against Signing Portuguese after Modeste's arrival

by Ayantan Chowdhury

After a sluggish start to the summer transfer window, Manchester United ended up spending over £200 million as six new players walked through the doors at Carrington.

Despite the incomings, the big news was always whether Cristiano Ronaldo would end up staying at United. He had earlier stated that he wanted to join a club in the Champions League.

His agent, Jorge Mendes tried his best to get his client his dream move but it never ended up materialising and the United No 7 ended up staying at Old Trafford.

CR7 had multiple suitors

Mendes had spoken to Premier League club Chelsea while German clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were also in the race at one point.

Surprisingly, La Liga side Atletico Madrid were also mentioned as a possible destination despite their rivalry with his former club Real Madrid.

Now, according to a report in SportBILD, “Dortmund would have considered the prospect of signing Ronaldo more intensively had they not already signed Anthony Modeste from FC Köln.”

The Bundesliga giants had initially signed Sebastien Haller from Ajax but he was sidelined for the foreseeable future due to a malignant testicular tumour, prompting Dortmund to go for a short-term alternative.

Modeste arrived on a one -year contract and Ronaldo’s agent’s offer arrived thereafter. That meant Dortmund could not go ahead with signing the 37-year-old.

Dortmund failed in their attempts

Modeste has not had the best of starts for his new club, scoring just once in nine appearances in all competitions. However, the French striker retains the confidence of his new teammates and the club officials.

Ronaldo has also not had the best of seasons so far. Initially, he failed to report for pre-season duty because of personal reasons and he is yet to start in the big games.

Ronaldo did open his account for the season against Sheriff Tiraspol but the Portuguese has struggled to make an impact for both club and country.

He will be hoping to be involved for the all-important Manchester Derby as Erik Ten Hag looks to continue his side’s four-match winning streak.

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