Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly inching closer to a proposed £88m move from Real Madrid to Juventus.
Juve chief executive Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Fabio Paratici gave off positive signals regarding the deal.
Their discussion with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is focused on closing the deal between Mendes and Real Madrid before defining contracts with Juventus.
According to the situation, Marotta and Paratici are not travelling to Madrid because Mendes is working with Real to secure the £88m (€100m) deal between the clubs.
So in other words, Serie A champions Juventus need not intervene – and negotiations were progressing well on Friday.
Real are aware that the Portugal star wants a change of scenery, so they will not stand in the way.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has so far adhered to the conditions agreed with Mendes and his client Ronaldo. However, Juventus are fairly cautious as Perez is known to change his mind.
Meanwhile, it is understood that Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United are not going to be a threat.
Ronaldo left United for Real Madrid in a then world-record deal in 2009 after 84 goals in 196 Premier League appearances.
The Portuguese talisman had now spent nearly 9 years with the La Liga giants. He has met with considerable success with them and even won the Ballon d’Or on multiple occasions.
Even when playing for the national team, Ronaldo has guided them to the Euro Cup in 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly be a deadly addition to the Italian squad if the deal does go through. Meanwhile, Juventus bid adieu to goalkeeper and veteran Gianluigi Buffon, as he moves to Paris St-Germain.
The 40-year old left Juventus at the end of last season, ending a 17-year stay at a club where he played 656 times.
The nine-time Serie A winner was offered an off-field role at Juve but signed a one-year deal with the French champions instead.