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Transfer: We pretended to have talks with everyone – Napoli speak on move for Ronaldo

Napoli sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli, has insisted they were never seriously interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer.

Most of the transfer speculation revolved around Ronaldo, who was keen to leave Old Trafford for Champions League football.

The 37-year-old was linked with Napoli, Chelsea, Sporting Lisbon, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Marseille and Corinthians.

Napoli were reported to have contacted Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to discuss a possible transfer.

A swap deal involving Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen was even mooted as a possibility.

Giuntoli has now confirmed that Ronaldo was never on the cards.

He told Corriere dello Spor: “During the transfer market we pretend to chat with everyone, and sometimes we do it for real. But we wanted to invest in a young team.”

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