Bayern Munich have confirmed that they will not pursue the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer amid false reports of the German champions expressing an interest in the 32-year-old.
Ronaldo has made an “irreversible” decision to leave Real Madrid following a series of tax fraud allegations and subsequent onslaught from the Spanish media.
The forward, according to reports, would prefer a move back to Old Trafford, where he spent six years, but Paris Saint Germain are willing to match any bid made by Ed Woodward.
But Bayern have made it emphatically clear via an official club statement that they will not enter the race to sign the forward this summer.
“Bayern is reported daily,” the statement begins. “It is sent and printed, tweaked and posted. With digital technology the news is spread at a rapid pace. But sometimes a duck flies by. Sometimes one or the other simply does not match the facts.”
“That is why at this point we would like to pay tribute to the ‘duck of the day’ and thus help to ensure that our fans are properly informed.
“In the last few days, the Italian sporting daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported that FC Bayern are interested in committing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
“Subsequently, this rumour was also taken up by numerous German media.”
Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “We are accustomed to speculating intensively on possible inflows and outflows during the transfer period. As a rule, we do not comment on these rumors.
“But now, in the case of Cristiano Ronaldo, we want to clarify once and for all that this rumour has no basis and must be referred to the realm of fable.”
You suspect that Bayern wouldn’t have needed to make an official statement if the supposed object of interest was anybody other than Ronaldo.
In fact, news of the Portuguese’s departure has shaken up this transfer window to the extent that Bayern, as part of mitigating their own transfer policy, felt the need to clarify that they are not planning on moving resources elsewhere in reaction to his sudden availability.
Over in Manchester, however, no such statement has been made. Make of that what you will.