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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus will allow him to leave for right price

If the Portuguese star makes his intention to leave clear, and a club is willing to offer 25 million euros, The Old Lady is expected to make way.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus will allow him to leave for right price
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"Cristiano is the best player in the world and we are not going to let him go.” Those were the confident words of Juventus’ Fabio Paratici after the humiliating defeat to Benevento. But signs are that for the right price he may well be on his way this summer.

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The Vecchia Signora have defended their investment and pride in having the ex-Real Madrid player in their ranks. He is a global superstar and further enhanced the exposure of the Serie A champions, however, times change very quickly.

This season has been a disastrous one. After the Champions League exit, another setback in the league appears to have killed any realistic dreams of taking a 10th consecutive Scudetto. Inter Milan sit 10 points ahead.

Domestic dominance was already in place but Cristiano was signed to add to their chances of lifting Europe’s greatest club prize. Defeats to Ajax (quarter-finals), Lyon and Porto (last 16), added to their diminished strength at home were not part of the plan.

A small revolution is required for the Bianconeri, reinforcing the front line and midfield and, perhaps, looking for an experienced coach to replace thrown-in-the-deep-end Pirlo. For that, major investments are needed and, to help with this, the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo would be considered.

Juventus awaiting a Cristiano-sized offer

One reason that AS has been told that Juventus will not force the Portuguese star to stay is the heavy burden he weighs on the balance sheet. Between the cost of his salary and the amortisation of the transfer, it’s around 87 million euros per season.

Cristiano’s desire, as we previously reported, is clear: to return to Real Madrid as soon as possible. The striker has never denied these rumours - his friend Marcelo went further - and will not put any financial obstacles in the way of realising this dream. For the moment, however, Juve have not received any official offers, nor has there been any official contact regarding the move.

The club is calmly awaiting what the market has in store. If Cristiano communicates his intention to leave should a concrete offer arrive, the Italian club will be open to negotiate and would let him leave without any problem. However, the interested party must put at least 25 million euros on the table, removing any loss for Juventus.

If that proposal does not come, though, the Turin side will have no problem holding onto Ronaldo into the last year of his contract. They will not force him to stay, but nor will they force him to leave. The player's fate lies in his own hands.