Cristiano Ronaldo demands Juventus sign SIX superstars to end Champions League hoodoo, including Man United and Liverpool targets
Cristiano Ronaldo wants the Juventus board to splash the cash this summer and end the club’s European heartbreak.
The bianconeri were dumped out of the Champions League this season by Ajax at the quarter-final stage – the second successive time they have reached the last eight.
Summer signing Ronaldo became the most expensive Serie A player at €112million following his move to Real Madrid, but failure in Europe will have stung the Portuguese, who has won the competition for the last three seasons.
The Eredivisie side, whose annual revenue is less than the figure Juve spent to sign Ronaldo, won 2-1 in Turin to claim a 3-2 aggregate win.
Despite claiming their EIGHTH Scudetto in a row, Ronaldo has called on chiefs in Turin to finance a lucrative squad overhaul.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has named six players he believes will transform Juve into Champions League contenders.
Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix (also wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool) is at the top of the list after his stunning breakthrough season in Portugal.
The 19-year-old could be joined at the Allianz Stadium by Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammates Raphael Varane and Isco.
Isco struggled for regular game time under Santiago Solari, but is considered a key man by Zinedine Zidane.
World Cup winner Varane is reportedly on the search for a new challenge away from Spain, but recently signed a long-term deal at the Bernabeu.
Reports in Italy suggest Ronaldo would be keen to make the deal happen as it would strengthen the Italian champions, while also weakening a major European rival.
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Fiorentina could cash in on 21-year-old Federico Chiesa, while fellow European starlet Tanguy Ndombele could also be set for a move away from Lyon.
And the final name discussed between Massimiliano Allegri and Ronaldo is Kostas Manolas – the Roma defender with a £31million release clause.
Ronaldo became the first player in history to win the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A after wrapping up the Italian title in his first season in Turin.
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