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Juventus ‘urge’ Cristiano Ronaldo to accept pay cut in contract renewal negotiations

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Juventus want to extend striker Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, but the final decision could be based on the Portuguese international’s agreement to a pay cut.

I Bianconeri spent a lot when they brought Ronaldo from Real Madrid in 2018, spending around £ 100million to sign him on a four-year contract that is worth at least £ 400,000 a week.

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Juventus worried about scale of deal | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

After a season in Italy, numerous reports emerged suggesting that Juventus regretted their decision to give them such a large contract, and the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has only exacerbated concerns.

Now, according to Il Messaggero (via The Express), Juventus are keen to strike a new deal with Ronaldo which would see him agree to cut his salary as the fear is that his huge contract could cripple them financially.

Juventus are still committed to Ronaldo, with manager Andrea Pirlo having recently praised the Serie A top scorer for his selfless performances since the start of the season.

Andrea Pirlo
Pirlo is fan of Ronaldo’s change in playing style | Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images

“Since the start of the season Cristiano has adapted to our needs on the pitch,” he said. “In some games he played more like a real number nine when we asked our other striker to shut down the opposing playmaker.

“In these games he can play closer to the penalty area and be more efficient in terms of scoring. He’s always adapted to what I’ve asked him to do this season so I’m very calm about that part of how we play. ”

It is hinted that Juventus’ decision to try to convince Ronaldo to take a pay cut may actually push him into the arms of Manchester United, who have constantly been the subject of absurd rumors about a possible offer for their former star.

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An exchange agreement with Paul Pogba has been proposed | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Most speculation revolves around midfielder Paul Pogba, whose contract also runs until 2022. A return to Juventus was initially suggested, but there is no sign that United want to let him go or want to bring Ronaldo in exchange.

Obviously, if the chance to sign Ronaldo again presented itself, United would give it some thought, but it’s a deal that would likely be ruled out fairly quickly for financial reasons.

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