Cristiano Ronaldo remains hopeful of securing a move to Manchester City this summer despite the Premier League champions turning down a deal for the Juventus forward, according to reports.
City have suffered a major blow in their pursuit of a new striker this week after Harry Kane confirmed he will be staying at Tottenham for at least another season.
The Premier League champions had made Kane their priority target after securing a £100 million deal for Jack Grealish but are now considering their options as the transfer window closes in.
Ronaldo is keen to leave Juventus before the deadline and is pushing for a return to the Premier League with City, despite spending six years at Manchester United.
But City have so far shown a reluctance in making a move for the 36-year-old.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has held talks with City but the Premier League champions are unwilling to meet Juventus’ €25 million (£21m) asking price.
City are also understood to be reluctant to break their wage structure by matching Ronaldo’s current £510,000-a-week deal he earns at Juventus.
However, The Times report that sources close to Ronaldo claim that the Portugal international ‘has still not given up hope of joining City’, despite the current obstacles.
Ronaldo is currently short of options in terms of his next destination with a return to Real Madrid off the table as the Spanish club are focused on signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG have also given no indication to Ronaldo’s camp that they would be willing to sign the forward to play alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.
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