Cristiano Ronaldo ‘worried’ by Man Utd’s transfer strategy | Football

Cristiano Ronaldo fears Manchester United's rivals are already pulling away

Cristiano Ronaldo fears Manchester United’s rivals are already pulling away (EPA)

Cristiano Ronaldo is growing concerned over Manchester United’s transfer strategy, according to reports in Spain.

United head into the summer window off the back of their worst-ever Premier League season, and a sixth-placed finish means there will be no Champions League football at Old Trafford next term.

Erik ten Hag is looking to revamp the squad and has identified several transfer targets, with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen his two priorities.

But United have yet to secure their first summer signing and supporters have already seen Liverpool add Darwin Nunez to their squad, while Manchester City have completed their £51 million deal for Erling Haaland.

Arsenal and Tottenham have also strengthened with new additions, while United are still around £12m short of Barcelona’s £72m valuation of De Jong.

Over the weekend, United’s chief executive Richard Arnold insisted that the club’s finances are in place to bring De Jong to Old Trafford during a conversation with supporters.

Manchester United are trying to reach an agreement with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United are trying to reach an agreement with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong (Getty)

But according to AS’ Manu Sainz, who is close to Jorge Mendes, Ronaldo is ‘worried’ about United’s current situation and is concerned that their Premier League rivals are already pulling away with their new signings.

It’s claimed that Ronaldo was ‘determined’ to see out the final year of his contract with United, despite their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but he now has doubts.

The report claims: ‘Ronaldo wants reinforcements at Manchester United, but so far it does not seem that the club is going to enforce the squad changes that he considers necessary.’

United’s pre-season begins next Monday but several players, including Ronaldo, have been given an extended break after they played for their countries during the run of international fixtures earlier this month.

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