Simon Jordan has admitted he wouldn’t be surprised to see Newcastle making a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old is now a free agent after Manchester United revealed the player had left the club by mutual consent following his explosive interview with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan.
While Ronaldo’s immediate focus will be on the World Cup with Portugal, it won’t be long until his next club will become a major talking point.
Only a few clubs in world football are likely to be able to afford the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, one of whom is Premier League side Newcastle.
With Saudi Arabia’s PIF the majority shareholder at St James’ Park, Jordan believes a move to the Magpies could be a potential route to the Middle East for Ronaldo who admitted he rejected a lucrative offer from in the summer.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Jordan said: “I heard a funny little rumour among some talking heads who may have an understanding of these things.
“They were exploring the dynamics of this alleged Saudi Arabia deal and looking at the scenario and suggesting that he could go to Newcastle and then find himself in Saudi.
“Given the nature of the ownership model that’s in place at Newcastle, while it flies in the face of what we’re told Newcastle’s motivations are, but there is a discussion that I think could find itself in the world of Ronaldo landing in Newcastle.”
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Responding to Jordan’s comments, Danny Murphy said: “No chance. I don’t think it’ll happen for a number of reasons.
They’ve already got Alexander Isak who they have spent a lot of money on and will need game time with him and Callum Wilson sharing that role. If you throw Ronaldo into that, what happens to Isak?
“Furthermore, when you look at Eddie Howe and what he’s trying to achieve with this Newcastle side – playing on the front foot, high-tempo, pressing and the unity – I think that even if Ronaldo was offered on a plate they’d say ‘no thanks’.
“I think that if Newcastle are going to get into the Champions League they’ll do it because of their philosophy and the way they’re playing. They’ve already got quality and I don’t think he enhances their chance.”