Manchester City have missed out on signing Lionel Messi, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, and it is the behaviour of the latter’s agent that has infuriated them the most.
On Thursday evening, it looked like Ronaldo was set to turn his back on his Manchester United past and sign for City in a move that was unimaginable pre-transfer window.
But just 24 hours later, the Red Devils have confirmed the signing of Ronaldo and that he will be returning with the club on a two-year contract, ending his career at the club that catapulted it.
Former teammates and United legends Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney are believed to have persuaded Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford, as well as international teammate Bruno Fernandes.
But it is not footballers that Man City are angry with after being left red-faced by missing out on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, their frustration lies with Jorge Mendes, his agent.
According to ESPN, the Cityzens are unhappy that Mendes pushed for Ronaldo to join United rather than City.
They believe that Mendes thought CR7 returning to Old Trafford was an emotional and fitting end to his career, rather than moving to the Etihad Stadium outfit.
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Manchester City signed attacking midfielder Jack Grealish earlier this window for £100m which made the former Villa captain the most expensive British player of all time, but the club were willing to break that record again to sign Kane.
However, the Spurs forward was unable to force his way out of north London due to the £150m price tag that chairman Daniel Levy has placed on him.
The Kane saga was also keeping them preoccupied when it became known that Messi was not going to be able to renew his contract at Barcelona, meaning that the Argentine would not reunite with Guardiola in England.
Now they have missed out on Ronaldo, City will need to ensure they remain competitive in the Premier League this season to spare their blushes, otherwise fans will point to their inability to sign some of the best players in the world as the reason for their disappointment.
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