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Man Utd begin ‘making calls’ to sign Ronaldo replacements

Manchester United have begun the process of sounding out the possible replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.

The 37-year-old informed United earlier this week of his desire to leave, less than 12 months after his emotional Old Trafford homecoming.

The Red Devils publicly are still insisting that he is not for sale, but reports claim they would be willing to accept an offer in the region of £13m.

Chelsea are reported to be weighing up an offer and although United would prefer not to sell to a domestic rival, Ronaldo’s options appear to be limited given Real Madrid and Barcelona appear uninterested, as are PSG, while Bayern have ruled themselves out of the running.

Erik ten Hag is said to have reacted by making a plea to Brian Brobbey and asked him to sign for United and abandon his plan to join Ajax having been loaned out by RB Leipzig last campaign.

According to The Athletic, however, the Dutch striker is not the only attacking player United have made contact with z in response to Ronaldo’s shock and ill-timed decision.

United have jetted out to the Far East with Ten Hag set to turn to either Martial and Marcus Rashford, at least in the short-term, to solve his striker crisis.

Ronaldo is now unlikely to take any part in the tour having been given an indefinite break for ‘family reasons.’

Despite a huge setback at the start of his tenure, Ten Hag says he has enjoyed the first week of his reign and is confident he can transform the fortunes of a club which has lurched from one crisis to another in recent years.

He said: ‘Of course, I want to bring the energy in my team, but I must say, the players do really well. They are really focused.

‘They bring, for themselves, the energy. You see they enjoy playing football. They enjoy playing football together and they really work well together.’

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