Cristiano Ronaldo is set to join Juventus after the Italian champions agreed a fee of around £88m with Real Madrid, bringing an end to a hugely successful nine-year stay at the Bernabeu.
The 33-year-old had hinted after Real’s third successive Champions League final triumph in May that he was keen to leave Spain and, with Manchester United reluctant to enter the bidding, he has decided to move to Serie A.
Ronaldo, who was once again Portugal’s star player as they exited the World Cup in the round of 16 following defeat to Uruguay, had always maintained that he wanted to rejoin United, but that move has failed to materialise and it is not thought manager Jose Mourinho was keen on the deal.
The five-time Ballon D’Or winner has instead elected to challenge himself in another major European league and should be unveiled by Juventus in the next 24 hours.
He will become the club’s record signing, eclipsing the £75.3m they paid Napoli for Gonzalo Higuain and is understood to have agreed terms on a four-year contract worth around £500,000-a-week.