Ronaldo did not turn up for United training on Monday due to “family reasons”, which the club and management accepted as being a genuine reason.
A desire to play in the Champions League is thought to be behind Ronaldo’s intention to leave Old Trafford and, as well as Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Napoli have also been linked with the player. United are likely to be more open to selling to an overseas club.
With Ronaldo’s future targets unlikely to be cleared up quickly, Chelsea will continue to prioritise moves for their confirmed confirmed, such as Sterling who the club hope to make significant progress on this week.
Following positive talks at the end of last week, Chelsea hope to agree a fee, which will most likely top £45 million, and personal terms with Sterling in time for him to join Tuchel’s squad on the club’s pre-season tour of America, which they leave for this weekend.
Chelsea would ideally like to sign two new players ahead of the tour, with the club still trying to land a central defender alongside Sterling by the end of this week.
Talks have been held with Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake, Jules Kounde, Presnel Kimpembe and Kalidou Koulibaly, with Chelsea needing to sign at least two new defenders this summer. Reports from Germany have claimed Bayern Munich have made their own approach to Juventus for De Ligt.
Chelsea also still have a £55m, plus add-ons, bid on the table for Raphinha, who is thought to prefer a move to Barcelona. Sources in Spain have indicated that if they cannot afford to match Chelsea’s offer this summer, then Barca could encourage the Brazilian to stay at Leeds United until January with the promise they will bid then.
Having offered personal terms that are broadly acceptable to Raphinha, it remains to be seen how long Chelsea will keep their bid on the table if there continues to be no answer from the player’s end.