Cristiano Ronaldo ‘clears out Juventus locker to force through Man City move’

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly cleared out his Juventus locker as he pushes for a move to Manchester City.

The former Manchester United star has been linked with a late transfer back to the Premier League with City keen to sign a new frontman.

And it seems Ronaldo is open to a move with agent Jorge Mendes believed to have been in contact with Etihad chiefs over personal terms.

A fee could be a sticking point with Juventus demanding £25million for the 36-year-old, while City would prefer to take Ronaldo on a free.

Though it seems the Portugal star is trying to take matters into his own hands, clearing out his Juventus locker according to Sky Sports Italia.

It is claimed the ex-Real Madrid ace will not be available for the Old Lady this weekend against Empoli having taken his belongings from the Juve training ground.

Former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli is keen to see Ronaldo leave, believing he should never have been signed in the first place.

He told SerieANews: "I've always been honest: signing Ronaldo was a mistake. It's impossible to recoup the investment and it will remain that way.

"He's a great player, but I have to be honest – the sooner he leaves, the better for him and for Juventus.

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"I hope that [Juve head coach] Massimiliano Allegri knows how to continue using him like he did against Udinese. That is, with intelligence and when the game is in progress.

"Ronaldo hampers Juventus' attack. Without him, they can do excellent things in collective terms."

Though Juventus boss Max Allegri recently insisted Ronaldo didn't want to go, saying: "[Ronaldo] has never expressed a desire to leave. He has told me that he's staying, so we can clear that one up."

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