Cristiano Ronaldo chases loan exit to Napoli and Sporting

Super agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly making a last attempt to get Cristiano Ronaldo regular Champions League football, with a loan option to either Napoli or Sporting now among the few remaining options.

The Portuguese agent was in discussions with the Manchester United hierarchy at the weekend to try and “unblock” the situation, although a key issue remains how few takers there are for the 37-year-old.

Mendes has been in contact with both Napoli and Ronaldo’s first club, Sporting, in the last few days, as both appear amenable to a deal.

Any move would likely be a loan to see out the remaining year of Ronaldo’s two-year contract at Old Trafford, with United paying a portion of the wages.

The extent of the Portuguese’s salary – understood to be more than £500,000 a week – has been one of the major obstacles to a move this summer, with most top clubs feeling his impact is no longer worth the money.

Any deal could yet have a knock-on impact on the rest of United’s business, in what is set to be a busy few days for the club.

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