Napoli chief responds to Cristiano Ronaldo pursuit reports

The Partenopei never engaged in ‘real negotiations’ over the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner’s signature

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has, on Monday, spoken out over the club’s summer links to Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The subject of veteran attacker Ronaldo’s future, of course, took its place front and centre in the headlines throughout the recently-closed transfer window.

This came after the Portuguese international made clear to the powers that be at Old Trafford his intention to secure a departure ahead of the new campaign.

A whole host of clubs, in turn, were tipped as potential landing spots for Ronaldo.

And, as alluded to above, one such outfit came in the form of Serie A giants SSC Napoli.

Media speculation pointed towards a potential high-profile swap between the Partenopei and Red Devils, which would have seen CR7 land in Naples, with Victor Osimhen heading in the other direction.

Evidently, though, such a transfer ultimately failed to come to fruition.

And, if the latest comments on the part of the transfer team at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona are anything to go by, then it appears as though little legitimate interest in Ronaldo’s signature was ever even expressed by Napoli this summer.

Speaking to the media on Monday evening, Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli was asked directly about the club’s recent links to Ronaldo.

The Italian, though, was quick to assure that, in fact, no ‘real negotiations’ with Manchester United were ever even opened.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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