Agent reveals Arsenal chose Emirates stadium over signing Ronaldo

The agent of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says Manchester United beat Arsenal to the former Sporting CP star due the Gunners’ commitment to a new stadium at the time.

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The Telegraph reports the new biography of Jorge Mendes claims that Arsenal missed out on Ronaldo because they failed to meet the asking price, and that the amount they could commit was compromised by their move from Highbury to Ashburton Grove.

The book has been written with Mendes’s approval and support and is to be released in English later this year under the title The Agent One, a reference to another of his most famous clients, Jose Mourinho.

Mendes says: “There was a moment in which I really thought he was going to Arsenal. David Dein is a spectacular person but, with the construction of their stadium, they were left with very little money and it wasn’t possible.”

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