Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo in talks with Juventus and Facebook?

Paul Doyle on 6 July 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo is apparently in talks with Facebook about allowing the tech giant to broadcast a 13-part reality show giving an insight into how the superstar and his family live on a day-to-day basis. Word is the Portuguese will be paid nearly £9m in return for opening up his home to Mark Zuckerburg’s spies, which is £9m more than the rest of us get. Details are sketchy at this stage but the hope is that the show will prove a fascinating exploration into what makes Ronaldo tick and enable the footballer to become a crossover sensation in a similar manner to the subjects of other highly successful fly-on-the-wall documentaries, such as the rock icon Ozzy Osbourne, United States government advisor Kim Kardashian, and Mr Bean.

By the time filming starts Ronaldo could be a Juventus player, as the Italian club are said to be keen to give Real Madrid around £88m for the 33-year-old. There is no way they are going to make even a fraction of that back on shirt sales, since the must-have piece of merchandise for football-loving kids around the world now is a replica Gareth Southgate waistcoat. As for the reality show, viewers will be excited to see how many other players make cameo appearances on it. There is no indication whatsoever that Ronaldo’s Portugal team-mate Pepe, for example, will be invited around for dinner one day, trip over a dropped fork and put in a big insurance claim. But never say never.

Meanwhile, Manchester City centreback Aymeric Laporte is so miffed at being overlooked for France’s World Cup squad that he’s thinking of declaring for Spain, for whom he also qualifies. But he may want to wait until he sees who Spain appoint as new manager, especially as there are whispers that the gig might be offered to the noted developer of defenders Roberto Martínez.

Paris Saint-Germain are continuing to chase N’Golo Kanté, which is no easy task. Nonetheless, the French club are confident of persuading Chelsea to accept a £75m offer just as soon as someone at Chelsea starts making decisions again.

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Jack Wilshere is said to be on the verge of topping up his Oyster card so he can commute to West Ham rather than Arsenal.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are keen on prising Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Premier League newcomers Fulham want to relieve Celtic of the Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata.

RB Leipzig are trying to wangle Ademola Lookman out of Everton.

Finally, Marseille are prepared to make Mario Balotelli the best-paid player in their history if he agrees to join from Nice.

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