Chelsea’s Boehly meets with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes as Manchester United future discussed

To say it has been a busy week at Chelsea is an understatement.

Less than a month ago, American entrepreneur Todd Boehly fronted a consortium, with Clearlake Capital, to buy the west London club from long-time owner Roman Abramovich.

A new board of directors has now been constituted, with Marina Granovskaia departing after 19 years at Stamford Bridge. In an eye-catching move, Boehly has installed himself as interim sporting director.

With Chelsea yet to sign any players this summer, the onus will be on their new co-owner to change this and he is proactively working on the situation behind the scenes.

The Athletic can reveal Boehly held a meeting in Portugal last week with super-agent Jorge Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo’s situation and the idea of him switching to Chelsea this summer is understood to have been among the subjects discussed. The 37-year-old Portugal international has 12 months remaining on the two-year deal he signed on rejoining Manchester United for a second spell last summer after 12 years playing in Spain and Italy.

It is unclear at this stage whether Chelsea will want to pursue the opportunity — which is also believed to have been spoken about with serial German champions Bayern Munich — and as things stand, United intend to keep him at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo is known to retain a huge affinity for United and does not have any problem with their new manager Erik ten Hag.

“I was and still am very happy to be here,” Ronaldo said in a recent interview.

“I know (Ten Hag) did a fantastic job for Ajax and that he’s an experienced coach but we need to give him time and things need to change the way he wants.

Author: Lucy Green