Man Utd urged to sell Cristiano Ronaldo

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Paul Merson does not see a problem in Manchester United selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea by claiming Newcastle pose a bigger threat to their season. The former Arsenal midfielder is adamant the Red Devils should look to move the 37-year-old Portuguese veteran on – even if it means selling to the Blues.

Ronaldo has made it crystal clear he wants to depart Old Trafford in search of Champions League football.

Yet all avenues have seemingly been exhausted after Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Napoli all turned down the chance to sign CR7.

With the Blues still scanning the market for a new centre-forward, Chelsea continue to be linked with a swoop for Ronaldo following Todd Boehly’s meeting with Jorge Mendes in Lisbon.

When quizzed on whether United should sell to a direct rival, Sky Sports pundit Merson made it clear there is a huge gulf between United and Chelsea – suggesting Newcastle are more of an active threat.

He said: “Why is it their rival? They’re not top-four Man Utd – they’re a million miles off.