Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr are still working towards the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, which could still materialise before the end of 2022.
In order to sign the forward, though, the Saudi Arabian League leaders would need to release some other players and it has been decided that the Argentine Pitty Martinez and the Uzbek Jaloliddin Masharipov will depart in the winter transfer window.
They might not be the only ones to leave, as the club would like to make as much room as possible, considering they could sign another player in addition to Ronaldo.
The two parties have been talking about for more than a month and, as MARCA has reported, the player’s entourage and the Arab club reached an agreement pending the player’s trip to Riyadh to certify everything.
Ronaldo has also been made aware of the interest of some other clubs, but no other team has put together a formal proposal yet.
A strategic signing for Saudi Arabia
It has been said that Al Nassr signing Ronaldo would be a state signing, a much more important one than most.
That’s because Saudi Arabia has set itself the objective of organising a World Cup, with a bid for 2030 has been announced.
Those in charge of the bid believe that the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and other star footballers would help put Saudi Arabia on the footballing map.
Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering his fitness
In the meantime, Ronaldo is still recovering from the World Cup and has been working out at Valdebebas, the Real Madrid complex.
What went down in Qatar was tough for Ronaldo, so he is taking time to recover from that setback too and to consider his national team future, as he is convinced that he has not yet written all the pages of his history as a Portugal international.
As the country’s football federation looks for a new coach, it appears Ronaldo will keep himself available for selection.