Cristiano Ronaldo may have to copy his former Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos with his stance on joining Barcelona, as the Catalan club enter the race to sign him.
The Portuguese superstar is edging closer to a departure from Juventus after three mixed years in Italy, in which the club have failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The 36-year-old’s contract is also entering its final year, making this the final transfer window in which Juve can recoup any of the £100million they paid to sign him in 2018.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and even a return to Madrid were all considered as possible destinations.
But this week a shocking new contender entered the race, with Barcelona now reportedly keen to unite Ronaldo with Lionel Messi.
According to AS, Barca club president Joan Laporta considers it the “dream” transfer and has already approached Ronaldo over a potential move.
They state that Ronaldo is yet to reply to Laporta’s offer, but when he does so he may want to look at Ramos’ own stance on moving to the Nou Camp.
Ronaldo and Ramos spent nine years as team-mates at Madrid, winning two La Liga titles and four Champions League together.
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The defender’s future is also uncertain after he was released by Los Blancos at the end of his contract, following 16 years at the club.
But one team he will not be joining is Barcelona, with the Spaniard stating such a move would be “impossible”.
“The important thing is not where you are, it's with who. We haven't thought at any time about any other club,” Ramos said, as per Goal.
“Since January, when I've been on the market, we've had a few calls. But we never thought about leaving Madrid. From here, we'll look for a good option for me.
“Sevilla is the other club in my heart where I had a great time but at the moment there is nothing on the table about going back.
“As for Barcelona… impossible. You will never see Sergio Ramos in a Barcelona shirt.”
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