MANCHESTER CITY are the leading contenders to sign Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've slashed the price of Ronaldo's Etihad arrival over the last 48 hours.
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The Premier League champions were available at 16/1 to secure his signature.
But those odds have tumbled to 3/1 after the 36-year-old failed start Juve's Serie A opener against Udinese on Sunday.
Reports in Italy claim Ronaldo requested to be benched to preserve his fitness as he looks to secure a move away from Turin.
But manager Massimiliano Allegri fiercely denied the reports – insisting that it was solely his decision.
Allegri told DAZN: "Ronaldo is feeling well. I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench."
Ronaldo has been the subject of transfer speculation throughout the summer, with reports linking him with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Manchester City.
The attacker has entered the final 12 months of his contract, which expires in June 2022.
But there are only a handful of clubs capable of meeting Ronaldo's salary demands, one of which are Pep Guardiola's City.
Cristiano Ronaldo next club – Sky Bet odds
- Juventus – 2/5
- Manchester City – 3/1
- Manchester United – 14/1
- Real Madrid – 14/1
- Paris Saint-Germain – 16/1
- Bayern Munich – 18/1
- Sporting Lisbon – 18/1
- Any MLS side – 20/1
- Barcelona – 33/1
- Tottenham – 33/1
- Wolves – 50/1
- Crystal Palace – 100/1
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The Citizens now lead the betting market and could view Ronaldo as a serious option if they fail in their attempts to sign Harry Kane.
Manchester United are next at 14/1.
Ronaldo left Old Trafford in 2009 with an outstanding record of 118 goals and 69 assists in 292 appearances in all competitions.
He won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the FA Cup during his six-season stay.
Real Madrid are also 14/1 but Carlo Ancelotti dismissed the idea of Ronaldo returning to the Spanish giants any time soon.
He said: "Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward."
PSG, who previously topped the market, are available at 16/1.
However, a move is unlikely given the arrivals of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Tottenham (33/1) have now emerged as a potential destination after claims from Sportitalia CEO Michele Crisciello.
He's quoted as saying: "Since he came back we have said it, there is a clear will on the part of Max Allegri not wanting to start again with Ronaldo and vice versa.
"The cycle of CR7 in black and white is over, confirmation has arrived in Udine. Even Tottenham [is a] possible destination.”
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